Colonial America: A History in Documents by Edward G. Gray

By Edward G. Gray

Colonial America is a unprecedented number of unique records that express what lifestyles within the American colonies was once rather like for colonists, local americans, and slaves. From Georgia to Maine, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, posters, and a mess of fundamental assets supply full of life perception. a few examples comprise:
*Prenuptial agreements for girls, child-rearing manuals, a letter from a father to his daughter explaining why inequality was once helpful for either women and men
*Native American land deeds, the production tale, captivity narratives
*Laws regulating slaves, ads for runaways, a letter justifying a wife's harsh remedy of a home servant
*A poem from a boy despatched to the colonies for undesirable habit, an exposé of German immigrant indenture
From wood spoons to imported china, from opposed family among Indians and whites to colonial advocacy of homeland safety, and from "limb of britain" to a brand new experience of id, Colonial America is an engaging, frequently intimate, examine existence within the colonies

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