Adapting to a New World English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake

ISBN-10: 0807846147

ISBN-13: 9780807846148

Edition: 1996

Authors: James J. Horn

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Often compared unfavorably with colonial New England, the early Chesapeake has been portrayed as irreligious, unstable, and violent. In this important new study, James Horn challenges this conventional view and looks across the Atlantic to assess the enduring influence of English attitudes, values, and behavior on the social and cultural evolution of the early Chesapeake. Using detailed local and regional studies to compare everyday life in English provincial society and the emergent societies of the Chesapeake Bay, Horn provides a richly textured picture of the immigrants' Old World backgrounds and their adjustment to life in America. Until the end of the seventeenth century, most settlers in Virginia and Maryland were born and raised in England, a factor of enormous consequence for social development in the two colonies. By stressing the vital social and cultural connections between England and the Chesapeake during this period, Horn places the development of early America in the context of a vibrant Anglophone transatlantic world and suggests a fundamental reinterpretation of New World society.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/30/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface
Illustrations and Tables
Introduction
The English Context of Emigration
Contrast and Diversity: The Social Origins of Chesapeake Immigrants
English Landscapes
The Formation of Chesapeake Society
The Great Bay of Chesupioc
Settling the Land
Comparative Themes
The Social Web: Family, Kinship, and Community
Adam's Curse: Working Lives
House and Home: The Domestic Environment
Order and Disorder
Inner Worlds: Religion and Popular Belief
English Society in the New World
Index
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