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Husbands and wives in Plymouth Colony / John Demos

973 FRAZIER v. 1

This short essay on family life in the Plymouth Colony by historian John Demos is found  in the collection entitled "The Underside of American History,"   using primary sources Demos describes the realities of relationships between men and women in Puritan households in early Massachusetts.

Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war / Nathaniel. Philbrick.

973.22 PHILBRI 200

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as author Philbrick reveals, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic. The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during a period of crisis for Native Americans, as disease spread by European fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups maintained a fragile working relationship. But within decades, New England erupted into King Philip's War, a savage conflict that nearly wiped out colonists and natives alike, and forever altered the face of the fledgling colonies and the country that would grow from them. Philbrick has fashioned a fresh portrait of the dawn of American history--dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.

Unwelcome Americans : living on the margin in early New England / Ruth Wallis. Herndon.

974.02 HERNDON 2001

This book tells the stories of forty New Englanders who were forced ('warned out') to leave various communities in Rhode Island. Their stories are typical of what happened to the poor, homeless, and vagrant in other New England communities in the 18th century. 

The wordy shipmates / Sarah Vowell,

974.02 VOWELL 2008

From the New York Times" bestselling author comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and their myriad oddities.  To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but author Vowell investigates what that means--and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and-corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. The book is not an ethnography but has colorful history that gives insight into real life in earliest New England.

NEW ENGLAND: 1784 to 1900

A long, deep furrow : three centuries of farming in New England / Howard S. Russell.

974.02 RUSSELL 1982

This study of early New England farmers draws from biography and personal accounts from the earliest settlers through the 19th century..

Complicity : how the North promoted, prolonged, and profited from slavery / Anne Farrow.

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Complicity reveals the cruel truth about the Triangle Trade of molasses, rum, and slaves that lucratively linked the North to the West Indies and Africa; discloses the reality of Northern empires built on profits from rum, cotton, and ivory–and run, in some cases, by abolitionists; and exposes the thousand-acre plantations that existed in towns such as Salem, Connecticut. Here, too, are eye-opening accounts of the individuals who profited directly from slavery far from the Mason-Dixon line–including Nathaniel Gordon of Maine, the only slave trader sentenced to die in the United States, who even as an inmate of New York’s infamous Tombs prison was supported by a shockingly large percentage of the city; Patty Cannon, whose brutal gang kidnapped free blacks from Northern states and sold them into slavery; and the Philadelphia doctor Samuel Morton, eminent in the nineteenth-century field of “race science,” which purported to prove the inferiority of African-born black people.

Farm to factory : women's letters, 1830-1860 / Thomas Dublin

974.03 FARM 1981

Between 1820 and 1860, tens of thousands of single women streamed from rural New England to find work in the burgeoning factory towns of the region. In "Farm to Factory" Thomas Dublin has selected five sets of letters in order to provide a personal view of the first generation of American women employed for wages outside their own homes. The letters he has selected provide a unique perspective on early industrial capitalism and its effects on women.

A long, deep furrow : three centuries of farming in New England / Howard S. Russell.

974.02 RUSSELL 1982

Chronicles the growth of the Northeastern frontier, country life-styles, and the development of farming and agricultural technology throughout the period of colonial settlement, wars, and the mechanical age

Unwelcome Americans : living on the margin in early New England / Ruth Wallis.

974.02 HERNDON 2001

In eighteenth-century America, no centralized system of welfare existed to assist people who found themselves without food, medical care, or shelter. Any poor relief available was provided through local taxes, and these funds were quickly exhausted. By the end of the century, state and national taxes levied to help pay for the Revolutionary War further strained municipal budgets. In order to control homelessness, vagrancy, and poverty, New England towns relied heavily on the "warning out" system inherited from English law. This was a process in which community leaders determined the legitimate hometown of unwanted persons or families in order to force them to leave, ostensibly to return to where they could receive care. The warning-out system alleviated the expense and responsibility for the general welfare of the poor in any community, and placed the burden on each town to look after its own.


The orchard : a memoir / Adele Crockett Robertson.

974.409043 ROBERTS 2005

The Orchard is an exquisitely beautiful and poignant memoir of a young woman's single-handed struggle to save her New England farm in the depths of the Great Depression. Recently discovered by the author's daughter, it tells the story of Adele "Kitty" Robertson, young and energetic, but unprepared by her Radcliffe education for the rigors of apple farming in those bitter times. Alone at the end of a country road, with only a Great Dane for company, plagued by debts, broken machinery, and killing frosts, Kitty revives the old orchard after years of neglect. Every day is a struggle, but every day she is also rewarded by the beauty of the world and the unexpected kindness of neighbors and hired workers.






Loyal but French : the negotiation of identity by French-Canadian descendants in the United States / Mark Paul Richard

971.4014 RICHARD 2008

Creating a mosaic: Catholic immigrants in a Protestant mill town, 1850-1880 -- The rooster crows: French Canadians become naturalized citizens and democratic voters, 1880-1900 -- Not foreigners but Americans: French Canadians negotiate their identity in the Spindle City, 1880-1900 -- Playing Chopin: French speakers celebrate the demise of Lewiston's Republic majority, 1900-1920 -- The winding road: from Canadien to Franco-American, 1900-1920 -- Competing Americanisms: the Bishops, the Klan, and the intertwined identity of Franco-Americans, 1920-1940 -- Burying the elephant: politics, gender, and ethnic identity in Lewiston, 1920-1940 -- Forging ethnic unions: social, welfare, and credit institutions in the Spindle City, 1920-1940 -- We will earn a living and not merely an existence: Franco-American workers assert their rights, 1920-1970 -- The quiet evolution: Franco-Americans become Americans, 1940-1970 -- Contemporary identity: Americans of French-Canadian descent, 1970-2007.

French Canadians in Michigan / John P. DuLong.

977.404 DULONG 2001

Introduction / French Canadians in Michigan -- French Canadians during the Colonial Period -- The Transition Period -- French Canadians during the Industrial Period -- French Canadians Today -- French Canadians at Michilimackinac -- Metis -- The Copper Country French Canadians -- Un Canadian Errant/A Wandering Canadian -- Tourtiere Recipe -- Reenactment Organizations -- Geneological Organizations -- Museums -- Libraries and Archives -- Music


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