header by Emerson Taymor, 2005

1. The Colonial Era: 1607-1763

2. The Revolutionary Era: 1763-1789

3. The Early National Period: 1789-1824

4. Jacksonian America: 1824-1848

5. Antebellum America: 1848-1860

6. The Civil War Era: 1861-1877

7. The Gilded Age: 1877-1901

8. Progressivism: 1901-1920

9. The Twenties

10. Depression and New Deal: 1929-1939

11. World War II: 1939-1945

12. Early Cold War: 1945-1963

13. Social Ferment: 1945-1960

14. The Sixties

15. The Seventies and After




Chapter 1: The Colonial Era

blank map of the colonies

the Columbian Exchange; syphilis and the Columbian Exchange

Mannahatta Project: see NYC before it was NYC; the ecology of Jamestown

English thoughts about Virginia colonization; Lawes Divine, Moral, and Martial; (a fuller version); Jill Lepore on John Smith; legal cases involving indentured servitude; a letter from an indentured servant, 1623; an indenture contract, 1683; Powhatan, speech to John Smith (1609); checklist for Virginia-bound colonists; the spread of tobacco

Mayflower Compact (1620); Winthrop: A Modell of Christian Charity (1630); Student Handbook from Patrick Henry College; Winthrop: What Warrant Have We to Take That Land? (1629); recent evidence that Winthrop may never have delivered the "Christian Charity" sermon

layout of a typical Puritan town; historian Peter Carroll on Puritans and the wilderness

Waldman, excerpts from Founding Faith; play some Colonial House games (dress-up! survival quiz! and more)

why don't Americans go to church that much? Because they're doing CrossFit

reactions to the Pequot War (1637); primary sources on the war; on captivity narratives

on Native Americans: cure by lacrosse; on natives and capitalism; "On the Good Things Which are Found among the Indians"

the trial of Anne Hutchinson (1637); Roger Williams, The Hireling Ministry (1652); Roger Williams, "The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution" (1644); historian Francis Bremer on their cases

Harvard fundraising letter, 1643; The Old Deluder Act (1647)

Massachusetts sumptuary law (1651); general court synod's jeremiad (1679)

Maryland Toleration Act (1649); William Penn, "First Frame of Government" (1682); England's Toleration Act (1689)

17th-century sources

should Father Serra be canonized?

Howard Zinn on Bacon's Rebellion; a shorter version

Vaughan on the origins of slavery; South Carolina slave code, 1740; excerpts from the 18th-c diary of Virginia planter William Byrd; New-York Historical Society's "Slavery in NYC" exhibit; map of the slave trade and African commerce and culture

Anne Bradstreet, Two Poems on Family Life, 1650; Wadsworth, A Well-Ordered Family (1712)

Metacom (King Philip), complaints about English settlers, 1675

Selections from the New England Primer, 1683

Norton, "The Years of Magical Thinking" (on the Salem Witch Trials); historian James Morone on Puritan thinking about Indians and witches; epidemological map, showing how witchcraft accusations spread like disease; testimony from the trials

Franklin, A Receipt to Make a New England Funeral Elegy (1722); Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania (1749); Franklin, excerpt from a letter, 1758

libel trial of John Peter Zenger in NYC, 1733

the British are still paying off their debt from 1720!

Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741); for a modern comparison, look at how much more religious leaders' followers interact on Twitter than do celebrities' followers; great source of First Great Awakening sermons

Ellis, His Excellency, excerpt on French & Indian War; Fred Anderson on the Albany Congress

confused about all those different religious denominations? look at this chart