HST296a, Class notes, 26-January-2005

(See online syllabus/reading notes for changes on articles to be read.)

Who are we:
Jackie: started out in European social but moved to Colonial American. Originally from Essex.

Erica - teaching
Chris - Spec. Col.
Margaret - Fleming
Caitlyn - teaching
will try to get the rest...

A theme for course: what is daily life like?

Note: 1752: year England finally switches to modern calendar. Before that, 1st day of new year is March.

Who are non-conformists: non-Anglicans, esp. Puritans

What are some of the things they are frustrated with?
England: surprising diversity for such a small geographic area:
Chris: Powell doesn;t seem to go into "intent" very much. Also the people he focused on didn;t seem poor or even terribly religious

So, moving to NE: Powell's thesis: First get the land, but land is used in different ways so if you come from a community that is used to the open-field system you look for that. If you come from a system that privileges land ownership you find a community like that. Settlers had to reconcile these two views.

Was Sudbury an exception to the rule in terms of other NE villages?

Sudbury was cohesive for the first 20 years (generation) then population pressure came to bear.

I wonder: Two forces that would encourage splintering:
Recommended books (books we could have started with):

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