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Colonial America, CourseSmart eTextbook, 6th Edition

By Jerome R. Reich

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 24, 2010

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For courses in Colonial History, American Revolution, or Early American Social History.

Comprehensive without being superficial, this brief, up-to-date examination of American colonial history draws connections between the colonial period and American life today by including formerly neglected areas of social and cultural history and the role of minorities (African-Americans, Native-Americans, women, and laboring classes). It summarizes and synthesizes recent studies and integrates them with earlier research.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 European Backgrounds

    Norse Discoveries

    The Crusades

    The Renaissance

    Trade and the Nation-State

    Portuguese Exploration

    Spanish Exploration

    English and French Exploration


Chapter 2 The Native Americans

    Native Americans Settle the Americas 

    Native Americans of Central and South America

    The Native Americans of the Southwest and West

    The Native Americans of the Plains

    The Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

    Estimates of Native American Population


Chapter 3 The Spanish Empire in America

    Spanish Conquests

    The Exploration and Settlement of the Southwest 

    The Government and Economy of the Spanish Empire 

    Race Relations in the Spanish Empire 

    Religious and Cultural Life in the Spanish Empire 


Chapter 4 The Portuguese, French, and Dutch

    Empires in America

    The Portuguese in the New World

    The French in the New World

    The Dutch in the New World

    Comparing and Contrasting the Non-English Empires


Chapter 5 The Background of English Colonization

    Delay in English Colonization

    Economic Motives

    Religious Motives

    Political Motives

    Governmental Interest in Colonization

    The Beginnings of English Colonization


Chapter 6 The Tobacco Colonies: Virginia and Maryland

    The London and Plymouth Companies

    The Founding of Jamestown

    Virginia Proves a Success

    Virginia Survives Native American Attacks

    Maryland Is Founded

    The Economic Growth of the Tobacco Colonies


Chapter 7 The New England Colonies

    The Founding of the Plymouth Colony

    The Founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Other New England Colonies

    Native American Relations in New England


Chapter 8 The Control and Completion of Colonization 

    The Colonies Under the Commonwealth 

    The West Indies 

    Colonial Policy under Charles II 

    The Founding of the Carolinas 

    The Founding of New York and the Jerseys 

    The Founding of Pennsylvania 

    The Founding of Georgia 


Chapter 9 Seventeenth-Century Revolts and Eighteenth-Century Stabilization

    The Effects of the Navigation Acts

    Bacon’s Rebellion 

    The Dominion of New England 

    The Glorious Revolution in New York 

    The Glorious Revolution in Maryland 

    Comparing and Contrasting the 1689 Revolutions in America

    Eighteenth-Century Stabilization


Chapter 10 Colonial Government 

    English Agencies of Colonial Government 

    Government in the American Colonies 

    A Federal Empire? 

    Local Government 



Chapter 11 African-Americans in the English Colonies 

    The Slave Trade

    The Development of Slavery

    The Black Population

    Black Opposition to Slavery

    White Reaction to Slave Discontent

    Family and Religious Life

    Slavery in the Northern Colonies

    Free African-Americans


Chapter 12 Immigration  Push and Pull Factors 

    Immigration Statistics 

    The Huguenots 

    The Germans 

    The Scotch-Irish and Scots

    The Irish and the Jews

    The Naturalization Process

    Immigrants on the Frontier

    East-West Friction


Chapter 13 Colonial Agriculture 

    The Beginnings 

    Farm Implements 

    Agriculture in the New England Colonies 

    Agriculture in the Middle Colonies 

    Agriculture in the Southern Colonies 


Chapter 14 Colonial Commerce 

    The Colonies as Suppliers and Markets 

    Triangular Trade Routes? 

    Anglo-American Trade Relations 

    Domestic Trade


    Land Transportation and Communication 

    The Fur Trade 


Chapter 15 Colonial Industry

    Obstacles to the Growth of Industry

    Forest-Based Industries 

    Sea-Based Industries

    Earth-Based Industries 

    Other Colonial Industries 

    Workers and Wages 


Chapter 16 Money and Social Status 

    Hard Money

    Monetary Experiments

    Paper Money and Land Banks

    Wealth and Social Class

    Social Mobility


Chapter 17 The Colonial Town

    Characteristics of Colonial Towns

    Urban Problems

    The Urban Economy

    Urban Culture


Chapter 18 The Colonial Family


    Premarital and Extramarital Affairs

    Characteristics of the Family

    The Legal Status of Women

    The Concept of Childhood


Chapter 19 Religion in Colonial America 

    The Anglican Church 

    The Congregational Church 

    Religious Groups in the Middle Colonies 

    The Presbyterian Church 

    The Great Awakening and Its Results 


Chapter 20 Education in Colonial America 

    Education in the Southern Colonies

    Education in the Middle Colonies 

    Education in the New England Colonies 

    Higher Education 


Chapter 21 Language and Literature 

    The Growth of American English 

    The Development of American Literature 

    Literary Tastes of Colonial Americans 

    Newspapers and Magazines 


Chapter 22 Colonial Arts and Sciences 

    American Scientists 





Chapter 23 Everyday Life in Colonial America 

    Demographic Characteristics 

    Homes and Furnishings 


    Sports and Amusements 


Chapter 24 The Colonial Wars 

    King William’s War 

    Queen Anne’s War 

    King George’s War 

    The Background of the French and Indian War 

    The French and Indian War 

    The Results of the French and Indian War 


Chapter 25 The Road to Revolution 

    The Constitutional Background 

    The Anglican Bishop Controversy 

    The Proclamation of 1763 

    The Sugar Act 

    The Stamp Act 

    The Townshend Acts 

    The Tea Act and Its Repercussions 

    The First Continental Congress and the Outbreak of Violence 

    The Second Continental Congress and Independence 


Chapter 26 The Revolutionary War 

    Military Advantages and Disadvantages 

    The Campaigns of 1776—1777 

    The Campaigns of 1778—1781 

    Peace Negotiations 

    Domestic Effects of the Revolution 


Chapter 27 Governments for a New Nation 

    State Constitution Making 

    The Articles of Confederation 

    Western Land Laws 

    Economic Problems 

    The Constitutional Convention 

    The Ratification Struggle 


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