Representative Americans, the Colonists

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - History - 277 pages
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This updated volume of Representative Americans highlights three generations of colonial Americans--men and women who founded, shaped, and coined traditions of this country. This is a glimpse into a time of empire and frontier, religion, and science. The breadth of this experience is represented in the book's three sections. Pathmarkers of the Empire are represented in the first section. Captain John Smith and Nathaniel Bacon, though living half a century apart, were frontier soldiers shaping relations between Native and European cultures. William Bradford and William Penn came to America, also half a century apart, hoping to found a community of the righteous. In the book's second section, Swords of Empire, the imperial, triangular contest among Britian, France, and Spain for supremacy in the New World is explored. In the vanguard of the empire were the fortune hunters, Risjord writes. Among these Caesars of the Forest were Pierre Esprit Radisson and his merchant brother-in-law Medard Chouart who traversed the wilds of Canada in search of the elusive Northwest Passage. The book's final section, Bridges of Empire, presents, among others, Cotton Mather and James Logan, who stood poised between an older order of religious humility and a newer one of political will which would later blossom into national identity.

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Captain John Smith and Pocahontas The Meeting of Cultures
William Bradford Pilgrim
Anne Hutchinson The Saint as Critic
Nathaniel Bacon Empire and Frontier the Clash of Cultures
William Penn The Aristocrat as Democrat
Swords of Empire
Pierre Esprit Radisson The Pathfinder
The Brothers LeMoyne Maccabees of New France
James Oglethorpe Soldier Visionary
Bridges of Empire
Cotton Mather The Mystic as Scientist
William Byrd II Virginia Gentleman
Eliza Lucas Pinckney The West Indies Connection
James Logan The American Enlightenment

Edward Teach The Story of Blackbeard the Pirate

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Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades. He is the author of Chesapeake Politics, 1781-1800 and Jefferson's America, 1760-1815. He is general editor of the American Profiles series for Madison House.

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