Before the Revolution America's Ancient Pasts
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Description: America began, we are often told, with the Founding Fathers, the men who waged a revolution and created a unique place called the United States. We may acknowledge the early Jamestown and Puritan colonists and mourn the dispossession of Native Americans, but we rarely grapple with the complexity of the nation’s pre-revolutionary past. In this pathbreaking revision, Daniel Richter shows that the United States has a much deeper history than is apparent—that far from beginning with a clean slate, it is a nation with multiple pasts that stretch back as far as the Middle Ages, pasts whose legacies continue to shape the present.Exploring a vast range of original sources, Before the Revolution spans more than seven centuries and ranges across North America, Europe, and Africa. Richter recovers the lives of a stunning array of peoples—Indians, Spaniards, French, Dutch, Africans, English—as they struggled with one another and with their own people for control of land and resources. Their struggles occurred in a global context and built upon the remains of what came before. Gradually and unpredictably, distinctive patterns of North American culture took shape on a continent where no one yet imagined there would be nations called the United States, Canada, or Mexico.By seeing these trajectories on their own dynamic terms, rather than merely as a prelude to independence, Richter’s epic vision reveals the deepest origins of American history.
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/3/2013
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Daniel K. Richter is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History and the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Prologue: Layered Pasts|
|Legacies of Power from Medieval North America|
|Legacies of Conquest from Medieval Europe|
|Crusades of the Christ-Bearers to the Americas|
|Crusades of the Protestants to New Worlds|
|Native Americans and the Power of Trade|
|Epidemics, War, and the Remapping of a Continent|
|Searching for Order in New and Old England|
|Planting Patriarchy in New England and Virginia|
|Dutch, French, Spanish, and English Counterpoints|
|Monarchical Power Reborn|
|Revolution, War, and a New Transatlantic Order|
|Producing and Consuming in an Atlantic Empire|
|People in Motion, Enslaved and Free|
|Contending for a Continent|
|Gloomy and Dark Days|
|Epilogue: Present Pasts|