American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths

American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths

Thomas S. Kidd

Language: English

Pages: 344

ISBN: 0300187327

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Thomas Kidd, a widely respected scholar of colonial history, deftly offers both depth and breadth in this accessible, introductory text on the American Colonial era. Interweaving primary documents and new scholarship with a vivid narrative reconstructing the lives of European colonists, Africans, and Native Americans and their encounters in colonial North America, Kidd offers fresh perspectives on these events and the period as a whole. This compelling volume is organized around themes of religion and conflict, and distinguished by its incorporation of an expanded geographic frame.

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