American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1

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American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1
Author: Taylor, Alan
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Time Period: Age of Revolutions
Time Frame: 13000 BCE-1820 CE
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Indigenous Americans, Colonial America
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult
Format: Book, Spine Book
Published: 2001

The Penguin History of the United States
1) American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1
2) American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000
3) A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

American History > Age of Revolutions > Indigenous American History

A multicultural, multinational history of colonial America from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Internal Enemy and American Revolutions

In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from millennia past, through the decades of Western colonization and conquest, and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast.

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.

"Formidable... provokes us to contemplate the ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity." - The New York Times Book Review

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