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The birth of America : from before Columbus to the Revolution

Author: William Roe Polk
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In this provocative account of colonial America, William R. Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period. With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came from and with an emphasis on what they believed they were going to, Polk introduces the native Indians encountered in the New World and the black Africans who were brought across the Atlantic. With insightful
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Roe Polk
ISBN: 0060750901 9780060750909
OCLC Number: 66143956
Description: xxiii, 392 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : revising the American past --
Part I. Europe and Africa come to America --
The Native Americans --
The fearsome Atlantic --
Sugar, slaves, and souls --
Fish, fur, and piracy --
Society and wars in the old countries --
The African roots of American Blacks --
Part II. The establishment of British America --
Early days in the Colonies --
"Mother England" loses touch --
The growth of the Colonies --
Blacks in America --
Whites, Indians, and land --
Part III. Breakdown of the imperial system --
The French and Indian War --
From international war to colonial war --
Production and commerce --
Representation and taxation --
Conclusion : Stumbling toward war --
Foreign friends and fellow sufferers --
"An ungovernable people" --
Casting the die.
Responsibility: William R. Polk.
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"In this provocative account of colonial America, William R. Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period. With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came from and with an emphasis on what they believed they were going to, Polk introduces the native Indians encountered in the New World and the black Africans who were brought across the Atlantic. With insightful analysis, he also discusses the dual truths of colonial societies' "growing up" and "growing apart." As John Adams would point out to Thomas Jefferson, the long years that witnessed the formation of our national character and the growth of our spirit of independence were indeed the real revolution. That story forms the basis of The Birth of America. In addition to its discussion of the influence the British had on the colonies, The Birth of America covers the pivotal roles played by the Spanish, French, and Dutch in early America. From the fearful crossing of the stormy Atlantic to the growth of the early settlements, to the French and Indian War and the unrest of the 1760s, William Polk brilliantly traces the progress of the colonies to the point where it was no longer possible to recapture the past and the break with England was inevitable. America had been born."--Publisher's website.

Examines key events, individuals, and themes that shaped colonial America and analyzes the contributions of Native Americans, European immigrants, and black Africans.

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