Colonial America

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Comprehensive without being superficial, this brief, up-to-date examination of American colonial history draws connections between the colonial period and American life today by including formerly neglected areas of social and cultural history and the role of minorities (African-Americans, Native-Americans, women, and laboring classes). It summarizes and synthesizes recent studies and integrates them with earlier research.

Author Biography

Dr. Jerome R. Reich is an American historian whose specialty is the search for democracy 
in American life.  His writings include "Leisler's Rebellion: A Study of Democracy in Colonial New York," 
"Coodes's Rebellion in Maryland," the "Dorr War: A Substudy of Jacksonian Democracy," 
and "The Black American Experience."  Dr. Reich is an emeritus professor of history at Chicago State University 
and is the author of several standard text books in American history.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
European Backgroundsp. 1
Norse Discoveriesp. 1
The Crusadesp. 2
The Renaissancep. 3
Trade and the Nation-Statep. 4
Portuguese Explorationp. 5
Spanish Explorationp. 6
English and French Explorationp. 9
Bibliographyp. 10
The Native Americansp. 12
Native Americans Settle the Americasp. 12
Native Americans of Central and South Americap. 13
The Native Americans of the Southwest and Westp. 17
The Native Americans of the Plainsp. 18
The Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlandsp. 19
Estimates of Native American Populationp. 22
Bibliographyp. 23
The Spanish Empire in Americap. 24
Spanish Conquestsp. 24
The Exploration and Settlement of the Southwestp. 25
The Government and Economy of the Spanish Empirep. 27
Race Relations in the Spanish Empirep. 29
Religious and Cultural Life in the Spanish Empirep. 31
Bibliographyp. 32
The Portuguese, French, and Dutch Empires in Americap. 34
The Portuguese in the New Worldp. 34
The French in the New Worldp. 37
The Dutch in the New Worldp. 41
Comparing and Contrasting the Non-English Empiresp. 44
Bibliographyp. 45
The Background of English Colonizationp. 47
Delay in English Colonizationp. 47
Economic Motivesp. 48
Religious Motivesp. 49
Political Motivesp. 51
Governmental Interest in Colonizationp. 52
The Beginnings of English Colonizationp. 54
Bibliographyp. 57
The Tobacco Colonies: Virginia and Marylandp. 58
The London and Plymouth Companiesp. 58
The Founding of Jamestownp. 59
Virginia Proves a Successp. 61
Virginia Survives Native American Attacksp. 63
Maryland Is Foundedp. 64
The Economic Growth of the Tobacco Coloniesp. 66
Bibliographyp. 68
The New England Coloniesp. 69
The Founding of the Plymouth Colonyp. 69
The Founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colonyp. 71
Other New England Coloniesp. 74
Native American Relations in New Englandp. 77
Bibliographyp. 79
The Control and Completion of Colonizationp. 81
The Colonies Under the Commonwealthp. 81
The West Indiesp. 83
Colonial Policy under Charles IIp. 83
The Founding of the Carolinasp. 85
The Founding of New York and the Jerseysp. 86
The Founding of Pennsylvaniap. 88
The Founding of Georgiap. 90
Bibliographyp. 91
Seventeenth-Century Revolts and Eighteenth-Century Stabilizationp. 93
The Effects of the Navigation Actsp. 93
Bacon's Rebellionp. 94
The Dominion of New Englandp. 97
The Glorious Revolution in New Yorkp. 99
The Glorious Revolution in Marylandp. 101
Comparing and Contrasting the 1689 Revolutions in Americap. 101
Eighteenth-Century Stabilizationp. 102
Bibliographyp. 102
Colonial Governmentp. 104
English Agencies of Colonial Governmentp. 104
Government in the American Coloniesp. 106
A Federal Empire?p. 111
Local Governmentp. 112
Taxationp. 113
Bibliographyp. 113
African-Americans in the English Coloniesp. 115
The Slave Tradep. 115
The Development of Slaveryp. 117
The Black Populationp. 119
Black Opposition to Slaveryp. 120
White Reaction to Slave Discontentp. 122
Family and Religious Lifep. 123
Slavery in the Northern Coloniesp. 124
Free African-Americansp. 126
Bibliographyp. 127
Immigrationp. 128
Push and Pull Factorsp. 128
Immigration Statisticsp. 129
The Huguenotsp. 129
The Germansp. 131
The Scotch-Irish and Scotsp. 132
The Irish and the Jewsp. 134
The Naturalization Processp. 134
Immigrants on the Frontierp. 135
East-West Frictionp. 136
Bibliographyp. 139
Colonial Agriculturep. 140
The Beginningsp. 140
Farm Implementsp. 142
Agriculture in the New England Coloniesp. 142
Agriculture in the Middle Coloniesp. 143
Agriculture in the Southern Coloniesp. 144
Bibliographyp. 146
Colonial Commercep. 147
The Colonies as Suppliers and Marketsp. 147
Triangular Trade Routes?p. 149
Anglo-American Trade Relationsp. 150
Domestic Tradep. 152
Piracyp. 153
Land Transportation and Communicationp. 153
The Fur Tradep. 155
Bibliographyp. 155
Colonial Industryp. 157
Obstacles to the Growth of Industryp. 157
Forest-Based Industriesp. 158
Sea-Based Industriesp. 160
Earth-Based Industriesp. 161
Other Colonial Industriesp. 163
Workers and Wagesp. 164
Bibliographyp. 166
Money and Social Statusp. 167
Hard Moneyp. 167
Monetary Experimentsp. 168
Paper Money and Land Banksp. 169
Wealth and Social Classp. 171
Social Mobilityp. 174
Bibliographyp. 175
The Colonial Townp. 177
Characteristics of Colonial Townsp. 177
Urban Problemsp. 180
The Urban Economyp. 184
Urban Culturep. 187
Bibliographyp. 187
The Colonial Familyp. 189
Marriagep. 189
Premarital and Extramarital Affairsp. 191
Characteristics of the Familyp. 192
The Legal Status of Womenp. 194
The Concept of Childhoodp. 195
Bibliographyp. 197
Religion in Colonial Americap. 199
The Anglican Churchp. 199
The Congregational Churchp. 201
Religious Groups in the Middle Coloniesp. 206
The Presbyterian Churchp. 207
The Great Awakening and Its Resultsp. 208
Bibliographyp. 212
Education in Colonial Americap. 213
Education in the Southern Coloniesp. 213
Education in the Middle Coloniesp. 214
Education in the New England Coloniesp. 215
Higher Educationp. 218
Bibliographyp. 222
Language and Literaturep. 223
The Growth of American Englishp. 223
The Development of American Literaturep. 224
Literary Tastes of Colonial Americansp. 229
Newspapers and Magazinesp. 230
Bibliographyp. 231
Colonial Arts and Sciencesp. 233
American Scientistsp. 233
Medicinep. 235
Artp. 237
Craftsp. 239
Bibliographyp. 241
Everyday Life in Colonial Americap. 242
Demographic Characteristicsp. 242
Homes and Furnishingsp. 244
Dressp. 247
Sports and Amusementsp. 248
Bibliographyp. 251
The Colonial Warsp. 253
King William's Warp. 253
Queen Anne's Warp. 254
King George's Warp. 255
The Background of the French and Indian Warp. 255
The French and Indian Warp. 256
The Results of the French and Indian Warp. 259
Bibliographyp. 262
The Road to Revolutionp. 263
The Constitutional Backgroundp. 263
The Anglican Bishop Controversyp. 264
The Proclamation of 1763p. 264
The Sugar Actp. 266
The Stamp Actp. 267
The Townshend Actsp. 270
The Tea Act and Its Repercussionsp. 271
The First Continental Congress and the Outbreak of Violencep. 273
The Second Continental Congress and Independencep. 275
Bibliographyp. 278
The Revolutionary Warp. 279
Military Advantages and Disadvantagesp. 279
The Campaigns of 1776-1777p. 282
The Campaigns of 1778-1781p. 283
Peace Negotiationsp. 284
Domestic Effects of the Revolutionp. 286
Bibliographyp. 289
Governments for a New Nationp. 291
State Constitution Makingp. 291
The Articles of Confederationp. 292
Western Land Lawsp. 293
Economic Problemsp. 295
The Constitutional Conventionp. 296
The Ratification Strugglep. 300
Bibliographyp. 302
Indexp. 305
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