Major Problems In American Colonial History

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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The collection of essays and documents in the third edition of MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN COLONIAL HISTORY introduces students to American colonial history and presents a radically new vision of the subject that accords with developments in the way the subject is currently taught.

Table of Contents

America and Europe
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, American, African and European polities compared
Juliana Barr, The Colonial Sunbelt: St. Augustine to Santa Fe
IndiansĂ Response To European Presence
Maushop Leaves New England: An Indian legend About Colonization, 1787
In the Beginning: Tewa creation story, oral tradition from pre-contact times
Alvar Nu˝ez Cabeza de Vaca acts as a curer and shaman across the American Southwest, 1527-36
ManhattanĂs natives express wonder at the first arrival of Europeans, printed in 1818
Canadian natives recount their traditions of the first sight of men dressed in iron, 1633
Chickahomy Indians become ˘King James his Men,÷ Sir Thomas Dale to D. M., June 18, 1614
Powhatan empire strikes back at expanding Virginia colony, 1622
Pueblo Indians see the apparition of the Lady in Blue and Fray Alonso de Benavides identifies her as the Spanish nun Sor Maria de ┴greda
Mohegan Indians petition the king in their dispute with the colonial government of Connecticut; The ˘Major Part÷ of the Mohegans protests ConnecticutĂs recognition of Ben Uncas as sachem, 1738; Ben Uncas asks for recognition of his status as sachem, 1739
Choctaw leaders come to negotiations accompanied by women to indicate their peaceful intentions
Natalie Zemon Davis, Iroquois Women, European Women
Jenny Hale Pulsipher, New England Indians Adopt a Political Relationship to the English Government
First Colonies
Coronado Explores the Southwest, 1540-1542
Pedro Menendez de Aviles visits the Calusa King Carlos after the foundation of St. Augustine
Menendez encounters Spaniards who had lived as captives among the Indians and finds that female captives sometimes chose to stay with their native families
Don Juan de O˝ate describes the founding of New Mexico
Fray Alonso de Benavides Reports New Mexico Indians Eager for Conversion, 1634
Captain John Smith analyzes the human scene, both English and Indian, from Jamestown, 1624
Virginia Company acknowledges that the colony will never be successful without women and family life
Certificates attesting to the good preparation of prospective wives for Virginia planters
Pocahontas and John Smith meet in London where she accuses him of cowardice and lying
John Rolfe reports large amounts of tobacco planted in Virginia, 1616
Richard Frethorne begs his parents for support, 1623
J.H. Elliott, Imperial competition in the early Atlantic
James Horn, Tobacco and the Peopling of Virginia
The 1630S: The First Great Wave Of English Colonization
Pilgrim Leaders create the Mayflower Compact and describe the first Thanksgiving, 1620, 1621
The Reverend Thomas Hooker warns of EnglandĂs impending punishment by God, 1631
Governor John Winthrop gives a Model of Christian Charity, 1630
Colonist John Pond writes to his mother and father for help, 1631
John Winthrop laments the growth of competitive economic practices in New England in the case of Robert Keayne, 1639
Maryland enacts religious toleration for all Christians, 1649
A blank servant indenture form, 1635
Robert Cole provides for education and property for his daughters and sons in his Will
George Alsop argues that servants in Maryland have a good deal, 1666
Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Religion, the Common Thread of Motivation
Lois Green Carr and Lorena S. Walsh, The Experience of White Women in the Chesapeake
1675: Turning Points
John Easton tries to avert the war by hearing King PhilipĂs grievances, 1675
Cotton Mather describes the Indians of Massachusetts and John EliotĂs mission to them, 1702
Mary Rowlandson interprets her captivity during King PhilipĂs War, 1676
George Alsop argues that servants in Maryland have a good deal, 1666
Nathaniel BaconĂs Manifestos, 1676
Thomas Mathews describes the outbreak of BaconĂs Rebellion
VirginiaĂs leaders appeal to the Queen of Pamunkey for aid
New MexicoĂs Indians Rebel Against Suppression of their Native Religion, 1680: Alonso GarcÝa to Fray Francisco de Ayeta; Fray Antonio de Sierra to Fray Francisco de Ayeta; Statement of One of the Rebellious Christian Indians; Statement of Pedro GarcÝa
Pedro Naranjo describes PopÚĂs vision and leadership, 1680
Jill Lepore, John Sassamon Between Two Cultures
April Lee Hatfield, Conflicting Interests in Expanding Virginia Lead to BaconĂs Rebellion
Pluralism: Religious and Ethnic
Jasper Dankaerts calls on the planter Maria van Rensselaer, 1680
Sarah Kemble Knight encounters Dutch and English in New York, 1704
Per KalmĂs Travels Through New Jersey and New York, 1750
William Penn offers a Prospectus for Merchants, 1683
Francis Daniel Pastorius describes the Founding of Germantown, 1685
Gabriel Thomas promises High Wages and Great Opportunities in Pennsylvania, 1698
Gottlieb Mittelberger describes the system of recruiting German colonists, and the suffering they endured, 1754
Huguenots in North Carolina write to their sponsor, Agnes van Wassenaer Obdam, describing their experiences, 1688
Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg reports on Moravian Plans for the Settlement of Wachovia, 1752
Dr. Alexander Hamilton encounters Scots-Irish colonists
Rosalind J. Beiler, German-Speaking Immigrants in the British Atlantic World, 1680-1730
Patrick Griffin, The People with No Name: UlsterĂs Migrants and Identity Formation in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania
Expansion in the South: Hopes and Realities
Richard Ligon describes the beginnings of sugar cultivation and plantersĂ adaptation to the climate in Barbados, 1654: The Sugar Revolution; English Adaptation in Barbados; Treatment of Slaves and Servants
English official Edward Randolph reports to the Board of Trade on Economic Prospects and the Spanish Threat in South Carolina, 1699
Thomas Nairne reassures prospective settlers about the environment and trade of South Carolina, 1710
Indian Trader John LawsonĂs Journal of Carolina, 1710
James Oglethorpe, ˘Persons ReducĂd to Poverty May be Happy in Georgia,÷ 1732
William Byrd Praises the Plan to prohibit slavery in Georgia, 1736
Governor William Tryon Assesses the Prospects for Life in the North Carolina Backcountry, 1765
J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur contrasts the culture of Charlestown and the situation of slaves, 1782
Eliza Lucas Pinckney on the Perfection of Indigo, 1785
Jack P. Greene, Barbados as a Colonial Model
Alan Gallay, Jonathan BryanĂs Plantation Empire in Georgia
Slave Life and Culture
The Board of Trade Seeks Information on the Slave Trade, 1708. Replies: Rhode Island Governor William Cranston; Maryland Governor John Seymour; Edmund Jennings of Virginia
Olaudah Equiano on the experience of Enslavement, 1750s
The Reverend Hugh Jones describes Virginia slavery in 1724
Johann Martin Bolzius describes the slavesĂ lives in Georgia, 1750s
Supplies needed to set up plantation, including enslaved women and men, cattle, and equipment, along with the work the slaves will do
Slave woman listed as
schoolĂs endowment in Virginia
Advertisement for sale of enslaved girl named Esther
Ira Berlin, Time, Space, and the Evolution of Afro-American Society
Jennifer L. Morgan, Enslaved womenĂs labor
Religious Awakenings
Benjamin Franklin listens to his Friend George Whitefield, 1739
Nathan Cole Describes the Crowds Going to Hear Whitefield at Middletown, 1740
George Whitefield describes the mixed congregations he preached to
Jonathan Edwards describes the awakening in his congregation in Northampton, Massachusetts
Sarah Pierpont EdwardsĂs own account of her religious experience
Susannah AnthonyĂs description of her religious conversion, ca. 1740s
Gilbert Tennent Presents The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry, 1740
Newspaper Account of the Expulsion of James Davenport, 1742
John MarrantĂs narrative of his conversion
Joseph Fish Reveals the Activities of Samuel Niles, Narragansett New Light Preacher, 1765
The Reverend Charles Woodmason Views the Backcountry in the 1760s
Frank Lambert, George Whitefield, the Grand Itinerant
Catherine Brekus, Euroamerican WomenĂs and MenĂs Experiences in the Great Awakening
Frank Lambert, African-AmericansĂ Experience of the Revivals
Changing Relationships Within the Empire
James Blair tells the Bishop of London of the MinistersĂ Persecution in Virginia, 1704
Several ministers in New Jersey attest to their suffering and ask for a bishop to protect them, 1714
The Anglican Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts on Massachusetts Governor DudleyĂs treatment of Anglicans, 1713
Governor Dudley presents his defense and counter-accusations, 1714
Governor Bellomont of New York writes home of his money problems and the dishonest ways of the colonists he is forced to deal with, 1700
Commissioner William Stephens describes his meeting with Coosaponakeesa
Mary Musgrove BosomworthĂs statement to Col. Alexander Heron and HeronĂs reply
Statement of sovereignty by Georgia Indian leaders, 1747
Alison M. Olson, Transatlantic interest groups and the colonial governors
Julie Anne Sweet, Mary Musgrove maneuvers between empires
New Realities in the Backcountry
Conrad Weiser describes Madame Montour, 1737
Moravian Leader Count Zinzendorf records his impressions of Madame Montour and Andrew Montour, 1742
Mary Jemison recounts her experience of capture and adoption as a Seneca, 1755
Albany Plan of Union, 1754
Sir William Johnson confers with Iroquois leaders, 1762
Virginia Governor Spotswood describes plans for defense of the frontier and settling colonistsĂ grievances, 1713, 1714, 1720
Multiple versions of Teedyscung speaking to a treaty negotiations, July 28, 1756
A Narrative of the Late Massacres, in Lancaster County, of a Number of Indians, Friends of this Province, by Persons Unknown. With Some Observations on the Same, 1764
The Apology of the Paxton Volunteers addressed to the candid and impartial World
James H. Merrell, Reading Andrew Montour
Nicole Eustace, The Sentimental Paradox: Humanity and Violence on the Pennsylvania Frontier
The Market Economy in Port Cities
A Connecticut farmer deals with the market
Benjamin Franklin Advises Readers How to Get On in Philadelphia, c. 1730-c. 1750
Letter from a Widow on The Abuses of the Road, and City-Watch December 14, 1752
Club of widowed matrons meets to send their thanks for publishing letter
Will of Margrieta van Varick, New York merchant, 1695
A Brief Consideration of New-York, with respect to its natural Advantages: Its Superiority in several Instances, over some of the neighbouring Colonies, January 18, 1753
Self-fashioning by servants and the enslaved to free themselves from servitude
Serena R.Zabin, New York as a commercial center and womenĂs roles in trade
David Waldstreicher, Unfree workers take advantage of their economic experience to free themselves
Empires, European and American, Compete for Control of North America
Missionary David Brainerd describes his encounter with a Delaware prophet, 1745
James Kenny dreams of new relationships on the frontier at the end of the French and Indian War
NeolinĂs journey to the Master of Life, described in 1763
Robert Navarre describes the suffering of beseiged Detroit
Royal proclamation of 1763 prohibiting movement of settlers into the trans-Appalachian West
Gregory E. Dowd, The IndiansĂ Great Awakening and PontiacĂs War
Fred Anderson, The Consequences of Victory
Colonial America at Mid-Century
Jean-Bernard Bossu advises newcomers on the way to health in Louisiana, 1762
Dr. Alexander Hamilton Surveys the Variety of Pennsylvania, 1744
Pelatiah Webster Describes the Uniqueness of Charleston, 1763
Janet Schaw Visits Wilmington, North Carolina, 1774
William Eddis praises the society of Annapolis, Maryland and speculates on the fate of American Indians, 1771
T. H. Breen, Consumption, Anglicization, and the Formation of American Identity
John M. Murrin, The Dilemma of American National Identity
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