A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (John Demos)

If you’re familiar with major works on 17th-century New England history, Edmund Morgan’s The Puritan Family looms rather large.  A Little Commonwealth is very much like that book – only a few decades later and using a bit different approach to the data. Demos tries to be self-consciously “quantitative” in A Little Commonwealth – i.e., … Continue reading A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (John Demos)

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American Slavery, American Freedom (Edmund Morgan)

I got this book for Christmas and finally got around to reading it. I’ve enjoyed some of Edmund Morgan’s other work (Visible Saints and The Puritan Family), though I suspect he is mildly out of date in places by now. (For instance, he says Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings is based only on circumstantial … Continue reading American Slavery, American Freedom (Edmund Morgan)