Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, by James Ciment

By James Ciment

No period in American background has been extra interesting to americans, or extra severe to the final word future of the USA, than the colonial period. among the time that the 1st ecu settlers tested a colony at Jamestown in 1607 throughout the signing of the announcement of Independence, the outlines of America's targeted political tradition, economic climate, social existence, and cultural styles had started to emerge. Designed to counterpoint the highschool American background curriculum in addition to undergraduate survey classes, "Colonial the US: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and financial background" captures all of it: the folks, associations, principles, and occasions of the 1st 300 years of yank heritage. whereas it specializes in the 13 British colonies stretching alongside the Atlantic, Colonial the US units this heritage in its better contexts. Entries additionally conceal Canada, the yankee Southwest and Mexico, and the Caribbean and Atlantic international without delay impacting the heritage of the 13 colonies. This encyclopedia explores the entire early historical past of what could turn into the USA, together with images of local American lifestyles within the instant pre-contact interval, early Spanish exploration, and the 1st settlements by means of Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, and English colonists. This enormous five-volume set brings America's colonial background vibrantly to existence for modern-day readers. It comprises: thematic essays on significant concerns and subject matters; specified A-Z entries on 1000s of individuals, associations, occasions, and ideas; thematic and neighborhood chronologies; countless numbers of illustrations; fundamental files; and a word list and a number of indexes.

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New York: Free Press, 1987.  Taverns and Drinking in Early America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Alexander, Mary Spratt Provoost (1693–1760) Mary Spratt Provoost Alexander entered life as the daughter of an immigrant and became a leading merchant, prominent citizen, and one of the most influential women of the colonial period. As she grew up in New York City, one of the main centers of colonial commerce, it was natural that, later in life, she herself would become a merchant.

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When the Boston town council threatened to halt this practice in the 1640s, one group of laborers responded with what may have been America's first strike, and the authorities backed down and restored the workers' drink. Around the turn of the eighteenth century, a shift occurred in popular drinking patterns, and distilled spirits replaced beer as the alcoholic beverages of choice. As supply increased and prices dropped, especially in the case of rum (produced from sugar molasses), colonists took to imbibing hard liquor more often, and because of the high alcohol content, they achieved the desired state of inebriation more rapidly.

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