American Colonies by Alan Taylor
(Penguin History of the United States)

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With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.

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Born and raised in Maine, Alan Taylor teaches American and Canadian history at the University of California, Davis. His books include The Divided Ground, Writing Early American History, American Colonies, and William Cooper's Town, which won the Bancroft and Pulitzer prizes for American history. He also serves as a contributing editor to The New Republic.
Published July 30, 2002 by Penguin Books. 544 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Lest the story be too limited in scope, Taylor uses a variety of historical tools to investigate the centuries of evidence, “an Atlantic perspective, environmental history, and the history of colonial and native peoples.” A noble intention that renders this a laundry-list of facts and theories th...

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First in Viking's new five-volume series the Penguin History of the United States, edited by noted Columbia historian Eric Foner (Reconstruction), this book by Pulitzer Prize–winner Taylor (William Cooper's Town) challenges traditional Anglocentric interpretations of colonial history by focusing ...

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Almost 406 years ago, three ships carrying 104 passengers left England for the New World.

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Once again, the British and American governments positioned themselves on opposite ideological sides: the British partnership with the Natives led to American accusations of British “savagery;” and the scalp-for-scalp Kentuckians, known as “Big Knives” to the Natives, were militiamen, objects of ...

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If you think you know everything about early American history, take a look at this book and you will discover so much more.

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