Colonial America: A History in Documents (Pages from by Edward G. Gray

By Edward G. Gray

Colonial the United States is a unprecedented number of unique records that express what lifestyles within the American colonies was once rather like for colonists, local american citizens, and slaves. From Georgia to Maine, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, posters, and a mess of basic resources offer full of life perception. a few examples comprise: *Prenuptial agreements for girls, child-rearing manuals, a letter from a father to his daughter explaining why inequality was once priceless for either women and men *Native American land deeds, the production tale, captivity narratives *Laws regulating slaves, ads for runaways, a letter justifying a wife's harsh remedy of a home servant *A poem from a boy despatched to the colonies for undesirable habit, an expos? of German immigrant indenture From wood spoons to imported china, from hostile kin among Indians and whites to colonial advocacy of place of birth safeguard, and from "limb of britain" to a brand new feel of id, Colonial the US is an engaging, typically intimate, examine existence within the colonies.

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Summ. whereof one mans part is Houshold Implements. For 6 persons, and so after the rate, for more Item, one Iron pot Item, one Iron kettle Item, one large Frying-pan Item, one Gridiron Item, two Skillets Item, one Spit Item, Platters, Dishes, and spoones of wood Summ. whereof one mans part is, 0 0 0 7 2 10 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 8 0 0 0 3 6 6 0 0 0 2 0 6 1 3 3 4 0 3 7 5 0 4 0 0 0 2 8 l. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 s. 7 6 2 1 5 2 4 8 4 d. 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 8 However well prepared early-American immigrants may have been, the immigrant experience was still extremely difficult.

Here are good stores of wild fowl, but they are hard to come by. It is harder to get a shot than it is in old England. And people here are subject to disease, for here have died of the scurvy and of the burning fever nigh two hundred and odd. Besides, as many lyeth lame; and all Sudbury [a newly founded town] men are dead but three, and [some] women and some children; and provisions are here at a wonderful [high] Michaelmas The September 29 feast celebrating St. Michael the Archangel. 56 COLONIAL AMERICA rate.

0 3 6 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 10 l. 0 s. 16 d. 0 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 In Bedding. For two men, Item, two paire of Canvas sheets Item, seven ells of Canvas to make a bed and boulster to be fill’d in the country Item, one Rugg for a bed Item, five ells of course Canvas to make a bed at Sea, to be fill’d with straw Item, one course Rugg at Sea Summ. whereof one mans part is, In Armes. For one man, Item, one musket Item, 10 pound of Powder Item, 40 pound of Lead, Bullets, Pistoll and Goose shot, of each sort some.

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