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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 317L • Colonial America

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36470 MW
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
WAG 101

Course Description

This course examines the chief characteristics of Anglo-American culture from the initial permanent English settlement of British North America in the early seventeenth century to the emergence of provincial societies in the mid-eighteenth century. Its theme is the settlement and unsettlement of North America as migrants from Europe and Africa mingled with aboriginals already in the New World. We will look comparatively at different colonizing experiments in North America and the Caribbean in order to comprehend the varied and often international context within which colonial history took place. At he same time, we will look for the values that shaped early American institutions and social norms and examine them against alternatives both that other contemporary societies offered and that the circumstances of colonial life suggested. In doing so we will attempt to understand how environment and experience shaped distinctive new world cultures.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Grading Policy

Tests 10 marks each (3x10) 30% Mid-Term examination 20% Essay 25% End-of-Term Examination 25%


The following books are required reading and are available at the Bookstore. Richard Middleton, COLONIAL AMERICA. A HISTORY, 1565-1776, 3rd edition (Oxford, 2002). Richard Dunn, SUGAR AND SLAVES: THE RISE OF THE PLANTER CLASS IN THE ENGLISH WEST INDIES, 1624-1713 (Chapel Hill, 1972; 2000) Aaron Fogleman, HOPEFUL JOURNEYS: GERMAN IMMIGRATION, SETTLEMENT, AND POLITICAL CULTURE IN COLONIAL AMERICA, 1717-1775 (Philadelphia, 1996). James H. Merrell, INTO THE AMERICAN WOODS: NEGOTIATORS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA FRONTIER (New York, 1999). Mechal Sobel, THE WORLD THEY MADE TOGETHER: BLACK AND WHITE VALUES IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY VIRGINIA (Princeton, 1987). Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A MIDWIFE'S TALE (New York, 1990) Daniel H. Usner, INDIANS, SETTLERS, AND SLAVES IN A FRONTIER EXCHANGE ECONOMY (Chapel Hill, 1992) Course Packet (articles by Green, Kupperman, and Olson)


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