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Nelson, John K., A BLESSED COMPANY: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776 . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001). Illustrations, appendices, extensive notes, index, 477 pages.

~~~ "In this book, John Nelson reconstructs everyday Anglican religious practice and experience in Virginia from the end of the seventeenth century to the start of the American Revolution. Challenging previous characterizations of the colonial Anglican establishment as weak, he reveals the fundamental role the church played in the political, social, and economic as well as the spiritual lives of its parishioners. Drawing on extensive research in parish and county records and other primary sources, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish system, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' varied relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians—men and women, rich and poor, young and old, planters and merchants, servants and slaves, dissenters and freethinkers -— belonged to a parish. As such, they were subject to its levies, its authority over marriage, and other social and economic dictates. In addition to its religious functions, the parish provided essential care for the poor, collaborated with the courts to handle civil disputes, and exerted its influence over many other aspects of community life. ~~~ A Blessed Company demonstrates that, by creatively adapting Anglican parish organization and the language, forms, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's distinctive environmental and human conditions, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably effective and faithful Anglican church in the Old Dominion."

~~~ Currently in print at $49.95.


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Newman, Peter C, CAESARS OF THE WILDERNESS (Viking, Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 1987; Markham: 1987), NEW. Hardcover in DJ. 9.5x6.5. Maps, illustrations notes, chronology, bibliography, index, 450 pp. Volume II of Newman's epic history of the Hudson's Bay Company.


Ogg, Frederic Austin, THE OPENING OF THE MISSISSIPPI: THE STRUGGLE FOR SUPREMACY IN THE AMERICAN INTERIOR. Haskell House, 1969. First published 1904., NEW copy. Blue boards without dust jacket, as issued. Notes, index, 670 pp. (Currently in print at $59.95).


[Paine] Alfred Owen Aldridge, THOMAS PAINE'S AMERICAN IDEOLOGY. . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. University of Delaware Press, 1984. 328 pages.

~~~ This book analyzes the entire spectrum of Paine's intellectual career between 1775 and 1787, not merely his attitude toward American independence. The author summarizes Paine's writings as an apprentice magazine editor, sketches the publishing history of Common Sense, explains its major philosophical doctrines and contemporary issues, and indicates the relations of these ideas to earlier manifestations.


Paine, Thomas, COMMON SENSE, THE RIGHTS OF MAN AND OTHER ESSENTIAL WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Meridian Books. With an introduction by Sidney Hook. 287 pages.

~~~ "The eighteenth century was an age of both enlightenment and of revolution. No man more dramatically embodied this spirit of knowledge and change than did Thomas Paine. One of the world's most eloquent and persuasive proponents of human liberty and democracy, Paine stirred the hearts and minds of men to action. His writings were key factors in both the American and French revolutions and remain among the most forcefully phrased and cogent arguments for the cause of human freedom.

~~~ Included in this edition are the complete texts of Common Sense, and The Rights of Man, as well as major selections from The Crisis."


Paine, Thomas, RIGHTS OF MAN. . NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Penguin American Library. With an introduction by Sidney Hook. 287 pages.

~~~ "Originally published in 1791, Rights of Man is unquestionably one of the great classics on the subject of democracy. Paines' vast influence on our system of government is due less to his eloquence and literary style, than to his steadfast bravery and determination to promote justice and equality.


Papenfuse, Edward C, IN PURSUIT OF PROFIT: The Annapolis Merchants in the Era of the American Revolution. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (John Hopkins, 1975). Illustrations, charts, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 288 pp. (In print at $49.95).


(Penn), Treese, Lorett, THE STORM GATHERING: The Penn Family & the American Revolution. Fine/VG+. Slight crimping to dust jacket at top of spine. (Pennsylvania State University Press., 1992). Plates, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 245 pages.

~~~ Focusing on Thomas and John Penn, this book presents the first study of what happened to Penn's proprietorship after his death, tracing the role of his descendants in the advent of the American Revolution.


(Penn), Alan Tully, WILLIAM PENN'S LEGACY: Politics & Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755. F/VG. Minor small tears to spine-ends of dust jacket, otherwise in new condition. (Johns Hopkins University Press., 1977). Appendices, extensive notes, bibliographic essay, index, 255 pages.

~~~ A massively learned, richly documented analysis of colonial Pennsylvania.


Lindasy, David, MAYFLOWER BASTARD: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims. . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Remainder dot on bottom edge (page edges) of book. (NY: St Martin's Press, 2002). First Edition. Notes, bibliography, index, 262 pages.
~~~ David Lindsay, researching old records to learn details of the life of his ancestor, Richard More, soon found himself in the position of the Sorcerer's Apprentice -- wherever he looked for one item, ten more appeared. What he found illuminated not only More's own life but painted a clear and satisfying picture of the way the First Comers, Saints and Strangers alike, set off for the new land, suffered the voyage on the Mayflower, and put down their roots to thrive on our continent's northeastern shore. From the story, Richard emerges as a man of questionable morals, much enterprise, and a good deal of old-fashioned pluck, a combination that could get him into trouble -- and often did. He lived to father several children, to see, near the end of his life, a friend executed as a witch in Salem, and to be read out of the church for unseemly behavior. Mayflower Bastard lets readers see history in a new light by turning an important episode into a personal experience.

~~~ Originally in print at $23.95, now OUT OF PRINT..


Philbrick, Nathaniel, MAYFLOWER: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking, 2006). First Edition. Map on endpages. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, 699 pages.

~~~ From Kirkus Reviews: Known for his special talent with a sea story, National Book Award-winner Philbrick (Sea of Glory, 2003, etc.) here uses the Pilgrims' perilous Atlantic crossing as mere prelude to an even more harrowing tale of survival in an alien land. From the voyage of the Mayflower to the conclusion 56 years later of King Philip's War, this is a sensitive treatment of the transplanted Europeans' encountering of and clashes with the native tribes of the New World, all of which prefigured in many important respects the development of later American colonies. The strict discipline of the Pilgrims' intense spiritual commitment, responsible in many ways for the colony's initial success, inevitably gave rise to later political and religious schisms. Notwithstanding the forging of the Mayflower Compact, their political and economic lifeline stretched, vulnerably, across the ocean. More than anything, survival depended on alliances with Native Americans, and Philbrick excels at exploding commonly accepted notions about this complicated relationship. The Pilgrims were by no means the first Europeans in New England. Explorers and fishermen had already brought contagious diseases to the continent and decimated local populations. Nor had these visitors arrived at some Eden innocent of conflict. The tribes had engaged in diplomacy and warfare for centuries; they used the Pilgrims to shift balances of power among themselves. In Philbrick's graceful retelling of a story many think they already know, the virtues and vices of each culture are given their due, and the complexities of the conflict between and among them explored. Prominent roles are assigned to such well-known names as Squanto, Samoset, Massasoit andhis son Philip, who (with the help of obtuse Governor Josiah Winslow) touched off the regional war that bears his name. The Indians contended with the likes of William Bradford, Miles Standish and Benjamin Church, who appears to have lived the role of Natty Bumpo well before James Fenimore Cooper imagined such a character. A remarkably sensitive account: 21st-century readers could ask for no more insightful reinterpretation of America's founding myth.


Seelye, John D., MEMORY'S NATION: The Place of Plymouth Rock. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998). First Edition. Illustrations, bibliography, index, 699 pages.

~~~ Long celebrated as a symbol of the country's origins, Plymouth Rock no longer receives much national attention. In fact, historians now generally agree that the Pilgrims' storied landing on the Rock never actually took place - the tradition having emerged more than a century after the arrival of the Mayflower. In Memory's Nation, however, John Seelye is not interested in the factual truth of the landing. He argues that what truly gives Plymouth Rock its significance is more than two centuries of oratorical, literary, and artistic celebrations of the Pilgrims' arrival. Drawing on a wealth of speeches, paintings, and popular illustrations, Seelye demonstrates how Plymouth Rock changed in meaning over the years, beginning as a symbol of freedom evoked in patriotic sermons at the start of the Revolution and eventually becoming a symbol of exclusion during the 1920s. In a concluding chapter, Seelye notes the continuing popularity of Plymouth Rock as a tourist attraction, affirming that, at least in New England, the Pilgrim advent still has meaning. But as he demonstrates throughout the book, the Rock was from the beginning a regional symbol, associated with New England's attempts to assert its importance as the starting point for what became the American Republic.

~~~ Currently in print at $55.


Plane, Ann Marie, COLONIAL INTIMACIES: Indian Marriage in Early New England. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000). First Edition. Illustrations, extensive notes, index, 252 pages.

~~~ Native American marital relations and domestic lives were anathema to English Christians in colonial Massachusetts. The complex interplay between colonial power and native practice is treated with subtlety and wisdom in Colonial Intimacies. Ann Marie Plane uses travel narratives, missionary tracts, and legal records to reconstruct a previously neglected history. Plane's careful reading of fragmentary sources yields both conclusive and fittingly speculative findings, and her interpretations form an intimate picture, moving and often tragic, of the familial bonds of Native Americans in the first century and a half of European contact.

~~~ Paperback edition currently in print at $18.95; hardcover OUT OF PRINT.


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