American Colonies

American Colonies

by Alan Taylor, Eric Foner
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American Colonies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding chronological history of the setlement of our country. Absolutely jam packed with fresh facts and a new slant. Taylor wastes no words..this is a huge amount of information. It was the #1 history book I read in 2002(of about 50).Fantastic in scope..Taylor does a wonderful job of describing the problems and thought processes of the day...for just a couple of example nuggets:..I had no idea that early plantation labor in VA wasnt African until around 1700..for about 100 yr before that..it was English serfs who sold themselves into servitude as tradeoff for voyage fare. Did you know that SC was founded by a group of English colonists from Barbados who fled in part in fear of a slave uprising on the then British sugar colony? Did you know Acadia, then a 14th colony (now the Canadian maritime provinces) were invited into the revolution but decided against it? Given the French defeat..that decision is why Canada and US are not the same country today. Expect nuggets like this with American Colonies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
People interested in early American history, especially the cultural, political, economic and other forces driving and shaping the history, will appreciate Adam Taylor's highly readable, interesting, balanced, and lucid account of the founding of each colony and its nature. Major American events, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, cannot really be understood without an understanding of the nature of the first settlements; and Adam Taylor does a more balanced, articulate job of explaining this nature than anyone else I have read. I enjoyed every minute spent reading the 'American Colonies' and highly recommend it to others.