Gr 7-10-This volume opens with an account of the events in English history that forced many to seek a better life in a new land. Subsequent chapters describe the settlement of Jamestown, Plymouth, and Salem, and the settlers' successes and troubles. The primary focus of the book is the struggle to establish laws and a government. Each chapter is introduced with a quotation from the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Colony Charter. As the history unfolds, important personalities emerge-John Smith, Pocahontas, Charles I, John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, John Harvard, and others-and their significance is revealed. The relations the colonists had with the Native Americans, the role of women in the colony, and the beginnings of slavery are also addressed. Average-quality, black-and-white photos and reproductions appear throughout. The full text of the charter is appended along with sources of further information and a comprehensive index. This is not a ready-reference book where one can find quick answers to questions about the subject but rather a history that must be read from cover to cover.-Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.