Colonial America a History in Documents

Colonial America a History in Documents

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Colonial America is an extraordinary collection of original documents that show what life in the American colonies was really like for colonists, Native Americans, and slaves. From Georgia to Maine, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, posters, and a multitude of primary sources provide lively insight. Some examples include: *Prenuptial agreements for women, child-rearing manuals, a letter from a father to his daughter explaining why inequality was beneficial for both men and women *Native American land deeds, the creation story, captivity narratives *Laws regulating slaves, advertisements for runaways, a letter justifying a wife's harsh treatment of a house servant *A poem from a boy sent to the colonies for bad behavior, an expose of German immigrant indenture From wooden spoons to imported china, from adversarial relations between Indians and whites to colonial advocacy of native land protection, and from "limb of England" to a new sense of identity, Colonial America is a fascinating, oftentimes intimate, look at life in the colonies."show more

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  • Hardback | 191 pages
  • 209.3 x 255.5 x 19.6mm | 784.73g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195137477
  • 9780195137477
  • 2,040,582

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"News reports, memoirs, letters, political cartoons, and posters explore the social and cultural life of the America Colonies." -- School Library Journal"News reports, memoirs, letters, political cartoons, and posters explore the social and cultural life of the American Colonies." --Curriculum Connectionsshow more

About Gray.

Edward G. Gray is Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University. His previous works include New World Babel: Languages & Nations in Early America (Princeton, 1999) and The Language Encounter in the Americas, 1492-1800: A Collection of Essays(Berghahn, 2000).show more

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