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Before the Revolution : America's ancient pasts

Author: Daniel K Richter
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
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This work is an investigation of North American history in the seven centuries before the founding of the United States, looking at how the sequential cultural layers defined by people the author calls the progenitors, conquistadores, traders, planters, imperialists, and Atlanteans contributed to the society, culture, and politics of the U.S. as it emerged after the Revolutionary War. It includes sections on Albany,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel K Richter
ISBN: 9780674055803 0674055802
OCLC Number: 666616380
Description: viii, 502 pages, [44] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Layered pasts --
Progenitors. Legacies of power from medieval North America --
Legacies of conquest from medieval Europe --
Conquistadores. Crusades of the Christ-bearers to the Americas --
Crusades of the Protestants to new worlds --
Traders. Native Americans and the power of trade --
Epidemics, war, and the remapping of a continent --
Planters. Searching for order in new and old England --
Planting patriarchy in New England and Virginia --
Dutch, French, Spanish, and English counterpoints --
Imperialists. Monarchical power reborn --
Planters besieged --
Revolution, war, and a new transatlantic order --
Atlanteans. Producing and consuming in an Atlantic empire --
People in motion, enslaved and free --
Contending for a continent --
Gloomy and dark days --
Present pasts.
Responsibility: Daniel K. Richter.

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In this epic synthesis, Richter reveals a new America. Surveying many centuries prior to the American Revolution, we discover the tumultuous encounters between the peoples of North America, Africa,  Read more...

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