Adapting to a New World English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake
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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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Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/30/1996
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Illustrations and Tables|
|The English Context of Emigration|
|Contrast and Diversity: The Social Origins of Chesapeake Immigrants|
|The Formation of Chesapeake Society|
|The Great Bay of Chesupioc|
|Settling the Land|
|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|