Find out what life was like in colonial America from the people who lived it! This first book in the American Heritage American Voices series will give you a rare glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of early Americans. You'll learn from fourteen-year-old George Washington about his Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour (such as "Do not laugh too much or too loud in public."); you'll read the testimony of an accused witch from the Salem witch trials; and you'll hear about the terrible conditions African slaves suffered when they were brought to America, from one of the slaves who survived. You'll also find out about what led up to the Boston Tea Party, what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the daring mission of the first submarine (in 1776!). From Columbus's letter describing his first voyage to America to the Constitution of the United States, Colonies and Revolution presents a wealth of period documents, including diaries, letters, articles, advertisements, speeches, and more, from both famous figures and ordinary citizens. Find out how all of these American voices working together helped to make this country what it is today.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the American Heritage(r)
American Voices Series.
Introduction to Colonies and Revolution.
PART I: COLONIZING A NEW WORLD.
Christopher Columbus Signs a Contract.
Columbus Describes His Voyage.
The Mystery of Roanoke.
Instructions to the Virginia Company.
The Lure of Gold.
Strict Disciplineat Jamestown.
The Legend of Pocahantas.
The First Settlements in New England.
The Survival of Plymouth Plantation.
A City Upon a Hill.
A Difficult Voyage.
Keeping a Sense of Humor.
Indenture: Encouraging Newcomers.
Pennsylvania: Drawing Colonists from the
PART II: DAILY LIFE IN COLONIAL AMERICA.
New England Farm Villages.
All in a Day's Work.
Life in Williamsburg.
Education and Morals.
Washington's Rules for Civil Behavior.
Clothing in the Age of Homespun.
Wealth and Fashion.
he Salem Witch Trials.
Judge Sewall's Apology.
Anne Bradstreet: America's First Poet.
Eliza's Gift to South Carolina.
Advice in Choosing a Husband.
Advice on Being Feminine.
Growing Up in Boston.
Benjamin Franklin: The First American.
"What then is the American?"
PART III: MANY PEOPLE, MANY VOICES.
Slavery on a Virginia Plantation.
A Traveler's View.
The Nightmare Atlantic Crossing.
The Mennonites Oppose Slavery.
Thomas Jefferson's Dilemma.
First Encounters with Native Americans.
Ideas of Land Ownership.
The Story of a "White Indian".
Religion: A Great Awakening.
Defending Diversity: Freedom of the Press.
PART IV: PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION.
Patriots Protest a New Tax.
Beyond Peaceful Protest.
The Stamp Act Congress.
The Beginning of a National Identity.
The Boston Massacre.
The Boston Tea Party.
"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death".
PART V: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.
"One If By Land, Two If By Sea".
The Battle of Lexington.
The Battle of Concord.
Patriot Fighting Men.
Washington Takes Charge.
Letter from a Patriot.
A Patriot Marching Song.
Deborah Champion's Ride.
A Black Poet Writes of Freedom.
Thirteen United States Declare Independence.
"We Must All Hang Together".
"Remember the Ladies".
The American Army and Militia.
Sergeant Smith's Turkey Prisoners.
The American Turtle.
The Times that Try Men's Souls.
Washington's Christmas Surprise.
Winter at Valley Forge.
Benedict Arnold: "Treason of the Blackest
The Turn Toward Victory.
The Victory at Yorktown.
PART VI: CREATING A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.
What Form of Government?
The Meeting of the Constitutional Convention.
Surviving Philadelphia's Summer.
The Bill of Rights.