AmericanHeritage, American Voices. Colonies and Revolution by David C. King

By David C. King

Find out what existence was once like in colonial the USA from the folks who lived it!

This first booklet within the American background American Voices sequence provide you with an extraordinary glimpse into the day by day reviews of early americans. you will examine from fourteen-year-old George Washington approximately his ideas of Civility and good Behaviour (such as "Do now not snicker an excessive amount of or too loud in public."); you are going to learn the testimony of an accused witch from the Salem witch trials; and you can listen in regards to the negative stipulations African slaves suffered after they have been dropped at the United States, from one of many slaves who survived. you will additionally learn about what led as much as the Boston Tea celebration, what occurred to the signers of the announcement of Independence, and the bold venture of the 1st submarine (in 1776!).

From Columbus's letter describing his first voyage to the United States to the structure of the U.S., Colonies and Revolution offers a wealth of interval records, together with diaries, letters, articles, ads, speeches, and extra, from either well-known figures and traditional electorate. learn how all of those American voices operating jointly helped to make this nation what it really is at the present time.

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From the difficult beginnings at Jamestown and Plymouth, the population of the colonies had grown to more than one million people by the mid-1700s. Many of these people were living very well in the towns and on plantations. The following excerpts from the diary of John Adams, who became the second president of the United States, give some indication of the plenty enjoyed by the well-to-do. Note that Adams was describing three separate meals, enjoyed within a few days of each other. qxd 38 11/5/02 10:15 AM Page 38 COLONIES AND REVOLUTION plain: a common Quaker term, by which they meant simple (in a pleasant way).

Another large tract was given to William Penn to heart. This belief threatened the repay a debt to Penn’s father, one of the king’s admirals. leaders of the established church, who Penn named his colony Pennsylvania, meaning accused the Quakers of blasphemy. “Penn’s Woods,” and he wanted it to become a haven for Quakers were also pacifists, even people of all nations and religions. Penn had his agents refusing military service. They were travel throughout the continent of Europe, distributing frequently in trouble with the pamphlets and visiting churches.

Qxd 11/5/02 10:15 AM Page 31 DAILY LIFE IN COLONIAL AMERICA most people in the town that the hysteria was out of control when some began accusing prominent people of witchcraft, including the wife of the governor. Suddenly people could see how preposterous the whole episode was, and the trials abruptly ended. This reading is from the transcript of the trial of Sarah Good. Good was a poor beggar woman who was one of the first to be accused. 31 ne of the witnesses who testified against Sarah Good was her own four-year-old daughter, Dorcus, who had confessed to being a witch herself.

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