This anthology presents selections from the literature of colonial America with an emphasis on the American Revolutionary period and writings by women. Genres include, for example, travel accounts, letters, poetry, oral narratives, and journal entries. In addition to texts by English colonials, the volume features writings by Native Americans, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and French authors. Most of the texts are presented in their original form from first editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Readers whose study of the English colonization of America took the form of a college survey using an anthology that began with William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation (1630-50) will perhaps be surprised and surely gratified that this generous new anthology contains ample evidence that other nations were also colonizing the continent and that the Native American population was not averse to reacting loudly and eloquently to what were, for them, disastrous consequences. This collection is divided into three sections: "Exploration and Contact to 1600," "New World Identities: Exploration and Settlement to 1700," and "The Eighteenth Century." Except for a handful of familiar English-speaking writers (Anne Bradstreet, Jonathan Edwards, Ben Franklin, etc.), the writers here are new to most anthologies. Together they correct our view of early America, revealing its cultural diversity and laying bare the nearly universal greed that motivated the era's colonizing efforts. Essential for all libraries. Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.