Life in the Southern Colonies (Perspectives on History)
An anthology of sources relating to the earliest southern towns and colonies through selected documents of colonial founders, indentured servants, and slaves.
Life in the American Colonies: Daily Lifestyles of the Early Settlers
The life of the colonists was far from leisurely. Colonists worked hard at everything they did, from keeping a fire going to tilling the fields. Take a glimpse at colonial life through the words and eyes of those who actually lived in the colonies.
Orphan Trains (Researching American History)
In 1853, Rev. Charles Loring Brace founded the first of many orphanages and social agencies to provide for the homeless street children in New York. Noting the need for laborers and the desire for more children in other parts of the country, Brace’s Children’s Aid Society began to “place out” children to families in more than 40 states. Eventually, thousands of children travelled to their new surroundings on what came to be called “orphan trains.”
Women in the American Revolution
“Women in the American Revolution picks up where usual historical accounts of the Revolutionary War leave off — with the varied roles and contributions of women in camp, on the homefront, and serving as spies, messengers, and soldiers. This anthology of letters, journals, and eyewitness accounts tells a part of the story of women who helped on both sides of the war, from colonist Molly Pitcher to Hessian Baroness von Riedesel, from messenger Deborah Champion to soldier Deborah Sampson.”
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World: The Beginnings of the American Revolution
The beginnings of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord come alive through personal narratives from participants and observers and through primary sources representing British and Colonist points of view. Historian Jeanne Munn Bracken describes the events leading up to the revolt in her essay, “The Seeds of Revolution.” Also included are excerpts from Paul Revere’s Reminiscences, poetry of H. W. Longfellow, the origins of “Yankee Doodle,” and more.
Iron Horses Across America: The Transcontinental Railroad
The building of America’s railroads changed the face of the nation. Through photographs, maps, newspaper accounts, letters, and journals, this anthology takes a look at the people who built the transcontinental railroad and its effect on the economy, the law, scandals associated with the railroad barons, and the daily lives of the people involved.
American Waterways: Canal Days
The remarkable engineering feats of American canals, the improved transportation and travel opportunities, and the daily lives of the “canallers” are recorded through firsthand accounts and illustrations.