Colonial Chesapeake: New Perspectives

Colonial Chesapeake: New Perspectives

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Edited by Debra Meyers, Edited by Melanie Perreault, Contributions by James D. Alsop, Contributions by Angelo Angelis, Contributions by Thomas F. Brown, Contributions by Catherine Cardno, Contributions by Kate Fawver, Contributions by Seth William Mallios, Contributions by Sarah Hand Meacham

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  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0739110926
  • ISBN 13: 9780739110928
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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In Colonial Chesapeake: New Perspectives leading scholars offer interdisciplinary revisionist essays on the political, cultural and social history of early Maryland and Virginia, calling special attention to the importance of power relations, reproductive politics, and identity politics in the shaping of the area. Using primary documents, which are included with the essays, this collection suggests that the multicultural Chesapeake created significant cultural, intellectual, and social norms that shaped the diverse world of the American people. This anthology uses these perspectives to represent the multitude of experiences in the region, and in doing so captures the essence of race, class, and ethnic and gender diversity that made up life in early Chesapeake Maryland and Virginia. Students and scholars in American history, as well as anthropology, will find this book essential in understanding the political history of the colonial Chesapeake area.

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Debra Meyers is associate professor of history at Northern Kentucky University. Melanie Perreault is associate professor of history at Salisbury University.

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Recommended. CHOICE The strength of Colonial Chesapeake lies in its diversity, with each piece in some measure bringing fresh questions, unconventional sources, or innovative methodology to bear on an aspect of the Chesapeake region's rich history. William and Mary Quarterly Over the last thirty years historians of the Colonial Chesapeake have revolutionized the way that scholars think about early America; this book makes it clear that there is still much more to learn. The essays in this collection offer a wide variety of approaches that collectively re-envision the Colonial Chesapeake as a more culturally diverse and complicated place. The format of this volume combines concise essays based on original research with fascinating selections from primary sources, making it especially well-suited for teaching. -- Bradford J. Wood, Author, This Remote Part of the World: Regional Formation in Lower Cape Fear North Carolina, 1725-1775

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Memory: Colonial Narrative and Ethnic Identity Chapter 3 Juan Rogel's letter to Francis Borgia (1572) andEdward Waterhouse's "A Declaration of the State of the Colony and ... a Relation of the Barbarous Massacre" (1622) Chapter 4 The Creation of Ajacan's Martyrs: Employing a New Analytical Technique on Early Colonial Chesapeake Narratives Chapter 5 "We Washed Not the Ground With Their Bloods": Intercultural Violence and Identity in the Early Chesapeake Part 6 Race: Family and Memory of the Enslaved Chapter 7 Harford County Census - excerpt (1776) and "Act for the Encourageing the Importacon of Negroes and Slaues" (1671) Chapter 8 The Black Family in the Chesapeake: New Evidence, New Perspectives Chapter 9 "To Swear Him Free": Ethnic Memory and Social Capital in Eighteenth- Century Chesapeake Freedom Petitions Part 10 Class: Rebel Reformers and Sick Sailors Chapter 11 Nathaniel Bacon's "Declaration of the People, against Sir William Berkeley, and Present Governors of Virginia" (1676) and Navy Morbidity Data (1740-1741) Chapter 12 "By Consent of the People": Riot and Regulation in Seventeenth-Century Virginia Chapter 13 Royal Navy Morbidity in Early Eighteenth-Century Virginia Part 14 Gender: Women's Work, Religion, and Sexuality Chapter 15 John Hammond's "Leah and Rachel, or, The Two Fruitfull sisters, Virginia and Mary-Land" (1656), "An Act Concearning Servants that haue Bastards" (1658),"An Act for the Publication of Marriages" (1658),"An Act for Punishment of Blasphe Chapter 16 "They Will be Adjudged by Their Drinke, What Kind of Housewives They Are": Gender, Technology, and Household Cidering in England and the Chesapeake, 1690 to 1760 Chapter 17 Reconstructing Gender: Early Modern English Politics and Religion in the Chesapeake Chapter 18 "The Fruit of Nine, Sue kindly brought": Colonial Enforcement of Sexual Norms in Eighteenth-Century Maryland