Thursday, December 6, 2012
British Colonial America Readings for Spring 2013
Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. This book is a classic and it still works very well in the classroom. There is certainly more up-to-date scholarship on the early Chesapeake, but Morgan remains the most teachable. I like to bring the more recent scholarship to bear on Morgan's narrative during lectures and class discussion.
Daniel Richter, Facing East From Indian Country. Works very well with undergraduates. Provides a great lesson in historical thinking and historical empathy.
Peter Wood, Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina. Classic work on colonial South Carolina. Again, I try to introduce more recent scholarship during the discussion of this text.
Harry Stout, The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism. A great read for my Christian undergraduates. Stout does not a nice job of exploring the roots of evangelicalism. I was going assign Catherine Brekus's new biography of Sarah Osborn for my unit on the Great Awakening, but I think I will wait for the paperback.
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography. See below.
The Infortunate: The Voyages and Adventures of William Moraley, An Indentured Servant. William Moraley is the anti-Franklin. Teaching his story alongside Franklin's is like reaching a state of pedagogical nirvana.
Ned Landsman, Crossroads of Empire; The Middle Colonies in British North America. How can I not include my dissertation adviser's new book?
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750. There is so much good stuff on Puritanism in New England, but Ulrich provides an excellent opportunity to discuss women's history.