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Colonial America to 1763
  • Authored by: Thomas L. Purvis, General Editor: Richard Balkin
  • From the Series: Almanacs of American Life
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816025274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-2527-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $95.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/1999
  • Dewey Number: 973.2
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 400

Summary

From the first European explorations of the Americas to the coming of age of American cities in the 18th century, this volume vividly portrays the realities of daily life for those who came to the New World in search of a better life and settled a vast continent.

The book provides unparalleled coverage of the economy, politics, culture, society, art, and other elements that defined colonial life. Brief sketches and extended essays on a wide range of topics are used as appropriate to place quantitative data into perspective.

Topics covered include:

  • The harsh weather extremes that tested the endurance of the earliest European settlers
  • The impact of the Europeans' arrival on Native American populations and cultures
  • Colonization and regional settlement patterns, including the first permanent English settlement in America founded at Jamestown in 1607
  • The Mayflower Compact of 1607 and the establishment of a legal basis for a civil society
  • The arrival of African Americans in Anglo-America
  • Witchcraft in the 17th century, including the witchcraft craze in Salem Village
  • Prominent and representative Americans of the period, such as Pocahontas, John Smith, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), and Benjamin Franklin
  • Education and its value to Anglo-Americans, including the founding of Harvard in 1636
  • Publishing and literature, including the colonies' first imprint in Cambridge, Massachusetts in early 1639, the publication of "Poor Richard's Almanac," and Boston's recognition as the cradle of colonial journalism
  • The coming of age of American cities—Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Charles Town, and Newport—by the 1750s.
A chronology of colonial American history through 1763 documents significant developments as well as events related to social customs, law, and the economy, such as the first American woman denied the right to vote (Martha Brent of Maryland in 1647), and the earliest antismoking legislation passed by Massachusetts Bay in 1646 (which forbade smoking in town as a fire hazard). To enhance readers' appreciation of this period, the text includes more than 100 illustrations and maps.

Specifications

95 black-and-white photographs and illustrations. 13 maps. Index. Bibliography. Chronology. Tables.

About the Author(s)

Thomas L. Purvis is a freelance editor and writer. Recently, he worked as an associate editor for the American National Biography Project, a new series of publications by Oxford University Press. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University and later earned a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. He has taught at several universities and received numerous scholarly awards, including two NEH grants and two Mellon Fellowships. Purvis is the author of many books and articles on Revolutionary and Colonial America, including Proprietors, Patronage, and Paper Money: Legislative Politics in New Jersey, which was selected as a McCormick Prize Winner, and the Dictionary of American History. He is also the author of two other volumes in Facts On File’s Almanacs of American Life series, Revolutionary America, 1763 to 1800 and the forthcoming Early National America, 1801 to 1849.

Richard Balkin has had his own literary agency for more than 25 years and was the agent and literary consultant for the Ford Foundation and a charter contributing editor to American Poetry Review. He has also written articles for numerous magazines, including Working Woman, McCall’s, Coda, After Dark, Modern Maturity, Glamour, Writer’s Digest, and Sociological Inquiry. His book publications include A Writer’s Guide to Book Publishing and How to Negotiate Your Own Publishing Contract.

Reviews and Awards

"This modest-sized book presents a mine of information for both researchers and general readers. Its articles are divided into subject areas (e.g. Native American life, the economy, diet and health, and prominent and representative Americans) and are accompanied by 430 detailed tables presenting data such as reported weather conditions in New England, 1607-1699; chronology of the colonial Indian conflicts, 1622-1763; earliest population estimates of Indian Nations in Eastern US; number and value of livestock owned by Conneticut farmers age 40-60, 1670-1679; percentage of colonial household owning plows, 1636-1769; workday schedule of Francis Pepper, a hired farm laborer in Springfield, Mass., about 1665; and iron forges and furnaces operating in Massachusetts, 1758. A sampler of historical documents concludes the work."
Reference And Research Book News

"This volume vividly portrays the realities of daily life for those who came to the New World in search of a better life and settled a vast continent. This book provides unparalleled coverage of the economy, politics, culture, society, art, that defined colonial life. Brief sketches and extended essays on a wide range of topics are used as appropriate to place quantitative data into perspective. To enhance readers' appreciation of this period, the text includes more than 100 illustrations and maps."
Librarian

"...a veritable treasure trove of information...There are general details of Colonial life as well as obscure and difficult-to-find facts that students need and teachers always want...an invaluable resource for research and term papers."
School Library Journal

"The impressive quantity and quality of work found here incorporate a great breadth of useful information about Colonial America. A marvelous reference companion for serious students, highly recommended for academic libraries."
Choice

Selected as one of the "2000 Outstanding Academic Titles."
- Choice

Selected as a "Best Reference Source," 1999.
- Library Journal

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