Colonial America to 1763 /
Thomas L. Purvis ; Richard Balkin, general editor.
New York : Facts on File, c1999.
xv, 381 p. : ill.
0816025274 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Facts on File, c1999.
0816025274 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
From the first European explorations of the Americas to the coming of age of American cities in the 18th century, this volume vividly portrays the realities of daily life for those who came to the New World in search of a better life and settled a vast continent.
The book provides unparalleled coverage of the economy, politics, culture, society, art, and other elements that defined colonial life. Brief sketches and extended essays on a wide range of topics are used as appropriate to place quantitative data into perspective.
Topics covered include:
The harsh weather extremes that tested the endurance of the earliest European settlers
The impact of the Europeans' arrival on Native American populations and cultures
Colonization and regional settlement patterns, including the first permanent English settlement in America founded at Jamestown in 1607
The Mayflower Compact of 1607 and the establishment of a legal basis for a civil society
The arrival of African Americans in Anglo-America
Witchcraft in the 17th century, including the witchcraft craze in Salem Village
Prominent and representative Americans of the period, such as Pocahontas, John Smith, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), and Benjamin Franklin
Education and its value to Anglo-Americans, including the founding of Harvard in 1636
Publishing and literature, including the colonies' first imprint in Cambridge, Massachusetts in early 1639, the publication of Poor Richard's Almanac, and Boston's recognition as the cradle of colonial journalism
The coming of age of American cities—Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Charles Town, and Newport—by the 1750s.
A chronology of colonial American history through 1763 documents significant developments as well as events related to social customs, law, and the economy, such as the first American woman denied the right to vote (Martha Brent of Maryland in 1647), and the earliest antismoking legislation passed by Massachusetts Bay in 1646 (which forbade smoking in town as a fire hazard). To enhance readers' appreciation of this period, the text includes more than 100 illustrations and maps.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
The impressive quantity and quality of work found here incorporate a great breadth of useful information about Colonial America. It is part of the series "Almanacs of American Life," one of three edited by Purvis, a scholar of Colonial American history. On one level, it is a compendium of quantitative data on Colonial America, but beyond that it provides both sketches and longer essays summarizing current thinking about early American history and culture. It expands tremendously the statistical coverage on Colonial America in Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970. Sources for all statistical tables are cited, and the detailed bibliography and index are genuinely useful additions to the work. A marvelous reference companion for serious students, highly recommended for academic libraries. C. V. Stanley; Washington & Lee University
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From the first European explorations of the Americas to the coming of age of American cities in the 18th century
Table of Contents
List of Maps
Climate, Natural History, and Historical Geographyp. 1
Native American Lifep. 20
Chronology, to 1763p. 38
The Economyp. 50
Population Statisticsp. 128
Diet and Healthp. 168
Religionp. 178
Governmentp. 187
The Coloniesp. 199
The Citiesp. 220
Prominent and Representative Americansp. 230
Educationp. 239
Arts and Lettersp. 251
Science and Technologyp. 266
Architecturep. 275
Holidays and Calendarsp. 284
Popular Life and Recreationp. 292
Crime and Violencep. 304
A Documentary Sampler of Colonial America, 1492-1763p. 318
Bibliographyp. 331
App. List of Tablesp. 335
Indexp. 343
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