Baker & Taylor Features essays, statistical data, period photographs, maps, and documents
Book News This modest-sized book presents a mine of information for both researchers and general readers. Its articles are divided into subject areas (e.g. Native American life, the economy, diet and health, and prominent and representative Americans) and are accompanied by 430 detailed tables presenting data such as: reported weather conditions in New England, 1607-1699; chronology of the colonial Indian conflicts, 1622-1763; earliest population estimates of Indian Nations in Eastern US; number and value of livestock owned by Connecticut farmers age 40-60, 1670-1769; percentage of colonial households owning plows, 1636-1769; workday schedule of Francis Pepper, a hired farm laborer in Springfield, Mass., about 1665; and iron forges and furnaces operating in Massachusetts, 1758. A sampler of historical documents concludes the work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer Colonial America to 1763 portrays American history, before there was a United States. European explorers, Native Americans, missionaries, religious and political refugees, and merchant-colonists are just some of the people who helped build this country. This volume concisely details their everyday lives, from the foods they ate to the places where they worshiped to the types of jobs they performed. Numerous statistical tables, charts, maps, photographs, and illustrations enhance the text, while lively, informative essays connect and expand upon the statistical information.