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

Fall 2005

HIS 317L • Colonial America-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38445 T
5:00 PM-8:00 PM

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.

Grading Policy

Essay on assigned primary sources (5 pages)  15% Comparative essay on Anderson and Fogleman (7 pages)  25% Comparative essay on Smith and Plane (7 pages)  25% Class discussion participation - 10% End-of-Term Examination  25%


Assigned books will include the following: Richard Middleton, Colonial America. A History, 1565-1776, 3rd edition (Oxford, 2002). Vincent Carretta, ed., Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century (Kentucky, 1996). Virginia D. Anderson, New Englands Generation: the Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge, 1991). 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). Ann Marie Plane, Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England (Ithaca, 2000). Susan Sleeper Smith, Indian Women and French Men: Rethinking Cultural Encounter in the Western Great Lakes (Amherst, MA, 2001).


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