A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony

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Oxford University Press #ad - The year 2000 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of A Little Commonwealth by Bancroft Prize-winning scholar John Demos. The result is an in-depth study of the ordinary life of a colonial community, located in the broader environment of seventeenth-century America. Demos has provided a new foreword and a list of further reading for this second edition, which will offer a new generation of readers access to this classic study.

Basing his work on physical artifacts, wills, estate inventories, emphasizing those of husband and wife, Demos portrays the family as a structure of roles and relationships, parent and child, and a variety of legal and official enactments, and master and servant. The book's most startling insights come from a reconsideration of commonly-held views of American Puritans and of the ways in which they dealt with one another.

A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony #ad - This groundbreaking study examines the family in the context of the colony founded by the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. Demos concludes that puritan "repression" was not as strongly directed against sexuality as against the expression of hostile and aggressive impulses, and he shows how this pattern reflected prevalent modes of family life and child-rearing.

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The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.d.r.

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Vintage #ad - Preeminent richard hofstadter examines the passion for progress and reform that colored the entire period from 1890 to 1940 with startling and stimulating results. The age of reform searches out the moral and emotional motives of the reformers the myths and dreams in which they believed, and the realities with which they had to compromise.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. This book is a landmark in American political thought.

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An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States 1913

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#ad - If the constitution had been framed by the same men, how long would it have endured, can it be supposed that the constitution would have been essentially different from what it is now?"On the other hand, from their hands, and with no guaranties for the protection of property, if it had been framed by a group of men composed entirely of debtors or those who owned no property the second of Professor Beard's economic classes and if, not different in any way except that they had all been poor or possessed of very small estates, it had emerged with no provisions against paper money or repudiation of debts, and what would be the present state of the nation?"About the author: Charles Austin Beard 1874 –1948 was one of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century.

Beard's most influential book, an economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States 1913, has been the subject of great controversy ever since its publication. It is seldom that a book does much to make history, but Beard's is recognized of such character. The new review 1913. Has already made a distinct place for itself as singularly original, penetrating and instructive.

An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States 1913 #ad - The economic world, 1915"The volume deserves the thoughtful attention of every student of American history. The nation, 1916"professor Beard has played into the hands of the socialists. The constitutional review, " and adopting the hypothesis that economic elements are the chief factors in the development of political institutions, 1917Rejecting what he calls the "juristic theory of the origin and nature of the Constitution, Professor Beard in his 1913 book "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution" presents a study of the economic forces which conditioned the movement for the formation and adoption of the federal Constitution and determined its most important provisions.

Beard puts this question: "suppose that substantially all of the merchants, nor any abstraction called "justice, capitalists, manufacturers, money lenders, he argues, " but the direct impelling motive was the economic advantage which the beneficiaries expected would accrue, and financiers and their professional associates are to be found on one side in support of the Constitution, shippers, the immediate and guiding purpose of the framers of the Constitution was not the vague thing known as the general welfare, security holders, ' but of a group of economic interests which must have expected beneficial results from its adoption?" If this supposition be correct, to themselves first, and that substantially all or the major portion of the opposition came from the nonslaveholding farmers and the debtors, would it not be pretty conclusively demonstrated that our fundamental law was not the product of an abstraction known as 'the whole people, from their action.

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The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today. Richard whitethe "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, patricia nelson limerick argues, loss, competition, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, and consolidation.

Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, Indians, oilmen, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, traders, cowboys, farmers, and their descendents mean business today.

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Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Elkin's classic study offers two new chapters by the author. Elkins amplifies his original purpose in writing the book and takes into consideration the substantial body of critical commentary. He also attempts a prediction on the course of future research and discussion. The first, "slavery and Ideology, " considers the discussion and criticism occasioned by this controversial work.

This third edition of Stanley M.

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The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute #ad - This new edition, published in commemoration of the volume’s thirtieth anniversary, includes a new preface by Nash and will continue to instruct anyone interested in how today’s conservative movement was born.  . Nash’s celebrated history of the postwar conservative intellectual movement has become the unquestioned standard in the field.

First published in 1976, and revised in 1996, George H.

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The Tragedy of American Diplomacy 50th Anniversary Edition

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - William appleman williams brilliantly explores the ways in which ideology and political economy intertwined over time to propel American expansion and empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The powerful relevance of williams’s interpretation to world politics has only been strengthened by recent events in Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.

Williams allows us to see that the interests and beliefs that once sent American troops into Texas and California, or Latin America and East Asia, also propelled American forces into Iraq. A brilliant book on foreign affairs. Adolf A. First published in 1959, the book offered an analysis of the wellsprings of American foreign policy that shed light on the tensions of the Cold War and the deeper impulses leading to the American intervention in Vietnam.

The Tragedy of American Diplomacy 50th Anniversary Edition #ad - . Berle Jr. New york times book reviewThis incisive interpretation of American foreign policy ranks as a classic in American thought.

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Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s

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Oxford University Press #ad - In a new afterword, he links the dust bowl to current political, and the on-going problem of desertification, economic and ecological issues--including the American livestock industry's exploitation of the Great Plains, which has now become a global phenomenon. In the mid 1930s, north america's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history.

He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl. Donald worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it.

Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s #ad - . He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, such as "the buffalo Commons, bison and elk would once more roam freely, antelope, " where deer, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.

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American History Now Critical Perspectives On The P

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Temple University Press #ad - Building on the legacy of two previous editions of The New American History, this volume presents an entirely new group of contributors and a reconceptualized table of contents. The new generation of historians showcased in American History Now have asked new questions and developed new approaches to scholarship to revise the prevailing interpretations of the chronological periods from the Colonial era to the Reagan years.

Covering the established subfields of women's history, and immigration history, environmental history, Native American history, the book also considers the history of capitalism, African American history, cultural history, religious history, and the history of "the United States in the world. American history now provides an indispensible summation of the state of the field for those interested in the study and teaching of the American past.

American History Now Critical Perspectives On The P #ad - American history now collects eighteen original historiographic essays that survey recent scholarship in American history and trace the shifting lines of interpretation and debate in the field.

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The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

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Harvard University Press #ad - Here he discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original principles of the Revolution. This detailed study of the persistence of the nation's ideological origins adds a new dimension to the book and projects its meaning forward into vital current concerns.

. To the original text of what has become a classic of American historical literature, Bernard Bailyn adds a substantial essay, "Fulfillment, " as a Postscript.

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The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

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Harvard University Press #ad - In the preface to this 50th anniversary edition, Bernard Bailyn isolates the Founders’ profound concern with the uses and misuses of power. The ideological origins of the american Revolution is a classic of American historical literature—required reading for understanding the Founders’ ideas and their struggles to implement them.

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