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The Search for Liberty: From Origins to Independence, Volume I

The Search for Liberty: From Origins to Independence, Volume I

Esmond Wright

ISBN: 978-1-557-86588-5 February 1995 Wiley-Blackwell 608 Pages


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This is a history of the region now known as the United States of America, from earliest times to the American victory over the British and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The book charts the arrival of the first Americans through Alaska, millennia before the coming of the Norsemen, or of Cabot, Columbus and Raleigh. It tells of the sixteenth century incursions by the Spanish, French and English, their interaction with the American Indians, and describes the early settlements, their culture, activities and trade. The author traces the rise to dominance of the British settlers, and the establishment of the whole of east America within the British Empire. The book closes with an account of the war with the British and of Washington's final triumph.
Introduction: The Enterprise of the Indies:.

1. The New Atlantis.

2. The Columbus Conspiracy: the Sources.

3. The First Americans.

4. The Re-discoverers and Their Achievements.

5. The Wonders of the New World.

Part I: The Admiral Who Rarely Put to Sea - Ralegh and Roanoke.

6. West from the Hispaniola.

7. New Spain.

8. The Bristol Venturers.

9. Men of Devon.

10. The Outer Banks.

11. Stirrers Abroad.

12. French North America.

Part II: The First English Settlements: Cities on Hills and Seashores:.

13. Newfoundland.

14. Trading Companies.

15. Virginia.

16. New England.

17. Bermuda.

18. John Smith, John Rolfe and Christopher Newport.

19. Whose was the Land?.

20. White and Red.

Part III: The Puritan Dream: .

21. The Pilgrim Fathers.

22. Christians and Survivors.

23. The Puritans.

24. The New England Confederation.

25. The Puritan International.

26. Maryland.

27. "The City on the Hill.".

Part IV: The Restoration:.

28. The Return of Exiles.

29. The Rewards.

30. The Doctrine: Calvinism.

31. The Dominion of New England.

32. Witchcraft.

33. The Mathers.

34. Royal Bounty.

Part V: The Empire of the North Atlantic in the Seventeenth Century:.

35. Connecticut and Rhode Island.

36. New York.

37. Pennsylvania.

38. Virginia.

39. The Carolinas North and South.

40. New France.

41. In the King's Name.

42. Colonial Policy.

Part VI: The Eighteenth Century: From the St Lawrence to Savannah:.

43. A Middling and a British People.

44. And a Restless People.

45. The Tidewater.

46. The Chesapeake Economy.

47. Beyond the Fall Line.

48. Boston.

49. New York.

50. The Middle Colonies.

51. The Carolinas.

52. Georgia.

Part VII: The Colonial Golden Age:.

53. How Golden the Age?.

54. Slavery.

55. Education.

56. The Enlightenment.

Part VIII: Why, Then, Independence?.

57. The French and Indian War (1756-1763) and the frontier struggle.

58. The Old Colonial System - cui bono?.

59. The West and The Indians.

60. The Patriot King.

61. The Stamp Act.

62. Riots and Rebellion.

63. "Tyranny" and "Tea Deum.".

64. The First Continental Congress.

65. The War of Independence.

66. The Treaty of Paris.

67. How and Why?.

68. The Legacy.

The Significance of the War.





"Esmond Wright's Search for Liberty is all that we have come to expect from the author of many books - wonderful skills of synthesis and narrative history, noted for his wit and wisdom. Although Wright is respectful of new methodologies, he is not governed by them, for he is at heart a storyteller, whose deft portraits of heroes and villains, as well of great historians such as Francis Parkman and S. E. Morison, add to this richly textured fabric of early American history." Professor Don Higginbotham, The University of North Carolina

"This will be a truly outstanding series. Wright's history is a smooth-flowing mix of narration of events, bibliographic essays, biographical sketches, and balanced examination of conflicting theories on disputed historical activities. Overall, a highly reasonable work that should stimulate anyone who reads it." Choice

* 10 maps, 18 illustrations, chronologies and annotated bibliographies.