The American Journey successfully blends the coverage of political and social histories of our great nation throughout the series. With this focus, the authors show that our attempt to live up to our American ideals is an ongoing journey. This journey, while still a work in progress, is increasingly more inclusive of different groups and ideas. American history is a compelling story that the authors tell in an engaging, forthright way. This text combines political and social history, to fit the experience of particular groups into the broader perspective of the American past, to give voice to minor and major players alike, because the history of America is in the stories of its people.
Table of Contents
1. Worlds Apart. Native American Societies before 1492 Paleo-Indians and the Archaic Period The Development of Agriculture Nonfarming Societies Mesoamerican Civilizations North Americars"s Diverse Cultures The Caribbean Islanders West African Societies Geographical and Political Differences Family Structure and Religion European Merchants in West Africa and the Slave Trade Western Europe on the Eve of Exploration The Consolidation of Political and Military Authority Religious Conflict and the Protestant Reformation Contact The Lure of Discovery Christopher Columbus and the Westward Route to Asia The Spanish Conquest and Colonization The Columbian Exchange Cultural Perceptions and Misperceptions Competition for a Continent Early French Efforts in North America English Attempts in the New World 2. Transplantation, 1600-1685. The French in North America The Quest for Furs and Converts The Development of New France The Dutch Overseas Empire The Dutch East India Company The West India Company and New Netherland English Settlement in the Chesapeake The Ordeal of Early Virginia The Importance of Tobacco Maryland: A Refuge for Catholics Life in the Chesapeake Colonies The Founding of New England The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony Massachusetts Bay Colony and Its Offshoots Families, Farms, and Communities in Early New England Competition in the Caribbean Sugar and Slaves A Biracial Society The Restoration Colonies Early Carolina: Colonial Aristocracy and Slave Labor Pennsylvania: The Dream of Toleration and Peace New Netherland Becomes New York 3. The Creation of New Worlds. Indians and Europeans Indian Workers in the Spanish Borderlands The Web of Trade Displacing Native Americans in the English Colonies Bringing Christianity to Native Peoples After the First Hundred Years: Conflict and War Africans and Europeans Labor Needs and the Turn to Slavery The Shock of Enslavement African Slaves in the New World African American Families and Communities Resistance and Rebellion European Laborers in Early America