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Colonial Period (1600-1775)

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  • Dark Workby Christy Clark-Pujara

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 34.00

    Historians have written expansively about the slave economy and its vital role in early American economic life. In  Dark Work , Christy Clark-Pujara tells the story of one state in particular whose role was outsized: Rhode Island. Like their northern neighbors, Rhode Islanders bought and sold slaves and supplies that sustained plantations throughout... more...

  • A New Andalucia and a Way to the Orientby Paul E. Hoffman

    LSU Press 2015; US$ 25.95

    Paul E. Hoffman's groundbreaking book focuses on a neglected area of colonial history?southeastern North America during the sixteenth-century. Hoffman describes expeditions to the region, efforts at colonization, and rivalries between the French, Spanish, and English. He reveals the ways in which the explorers' expectations?fueled by legends?crumbled... more...

  • Conversing by Signsby Robert Blair St. George

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The people of colonial New England lived in a densely metaphoric landscape--a world where familiars invaded bodies without warning, witches passed with ease through locked doors, and houses blew down in gusts of angry, providential wind. Meaning, Robert St. George argues, was layered, often indirect, and inextricably intertwined with memory, apprehension,... more...

  • Creating Colonial Williamsburgby Anders Greenspan

    The University of North Carolina Press 2015; US$ 19.99

    In Creating Colonial Williamsburg , Anders Greenspan examines the restoration and re-creation of the structures and gardens of Virginia's colonial capital beginning in 1926. The restoration was undertaken by the Rockefeller family, whose aim was to promote a twentieth-century appreciation for eighteenth-century ideals. Ironically, those ideals, including... more...

  • The Strength of a Peopleby Richard D. Brown

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Thomas Jefferson's conviction that the health of the nation's democracy would depend on the existence of an informed citizenry has been a cornerstone of our political culture since the inception of the American republic. Even today's debates over education reform and the need to be competitive in a technologically advanced, global economy are rooted... more...

  • The Duke's Provinceby Robert C. Ritchie

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    The late seventeenth century in America was important as an era of transition from rough settlement to established provincial life. It was a time when social, political, and economic problems caused strains that led to religious doubt, personal anxiety, riot, and one of the worst rebellions in the colonies. New York's situation was further complicated... more...

  • The Intellectual Construction of Americaby Jack P. Greene

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Jack Greene explores the changing definitions of America from the time of Europe's first contact with the New World through the establishment of the American republic. Challenging historians who have argued that colonial American societies differed little from those of early modern Europe, he shows that virtually all contemporary observers emphasized... more...

  • To Lead As Equalsby Jeffrey L. Gould

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    This book is a carefully argued study of peasants and labor during the Somoza regime, focusing on popular movements in the economically strategic department of Chinandega in western Nicaragua. Jeffrey Gould traces the evolution of group consciousness among peasants and workers as they moved away from extreme dependency on the patron to achieve an... more...

  • Carolina in Crisisby Daniel J. Tortora

    The University of North Carolina Press 2015; US$ 28.99

    In this engaging history, Daniel J. Tortora explores how the Anglo-Cherokee War reshaped the political and cultural landscape of the colonial South. Tortora chronicles the series of clashes that erupted from 1758 to 1761 between Cherokees, settlers, and British troops. The conflict, no insignificant sideshow to the French and Indian War, eventually... more...

  • A New Voyage to Carolinaby John Lawson

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    John Lawson's amazingly detailed yet lively book is easily one of the most valuable of the early histories of the Carolinas, and it is certainly one of the best travel accounts of the early eighteenth-century colonies. An inclusive account of the manners and customs of the Indian tribes of that day, it is also a minute report of the soil, climate,... more...