Foundations of Colonial America: A Documentary History - Vol. 3

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

In keeping with Volumes I and II, only those reference works which are most readily available to researchers are listed here. Primary sources such as diaries and letter books as well as secondary sources have been excluded because the resulting bibliography, had these been included, would have been overly long and not necessarily pertinent to a collection of documents taken almost exclusively from official public records. What follows is really only a basic list of sources with which anyone specializing in the field should be well acquainted and should serve as a guide to historians just entering upon the study of the colonial period of American history.

Listings of secondary materials and more specialized primary sources can be found easily in the many reference works such as The Harvard Guide to American History, Oscar Handlin, et al., eds. (Harvard University Press, 1954) and Merrill Jensen's American Colonial Documents. Furthermore, most recent historians have included bibliographical essays of some length at the end of their works. These should be utilized by anyone whose interest and research goes beyond the cursory level of a few selections from public records. Illustrative of this type of useful essay, in addition to those listed in the two previous volumes, are those found in Clarence Ver Steeg, The Formative Years, 1607-1763 (New York, 1964), Wesley Frank Craven, The Colonies in Transition, 1660-1713 (New York, 1968), Evart B. Greene, The Provincial Governor in the English Colonies of North America (Harvard University Press, 1898, reprinted by Peter Smith, Gloucester, Mass., 1966, Beverley W. Bond, The Quit-Rent System in the American Colonies (Yale University Press, 1919, reprinted by Peter Smith, Gloucester, Mass., 1965, Leonard W. Labaree, Royal Government in America, A Study of the British Colonial System before 1783 (Yale University Press, 1930), Wesley Frank Craven, Dissolution of the Virginia Company (1932, reprinted by Peter Smith, Gloucester, Mass., 1964), and his The Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1607-1689 (A History of the South, Vol. I, Louisiana State University Press, 1949), M. Eugene Sirmans, Colonial South Carolina, A Political History, 1663-1763 (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1966), Jack P. Greene, The Quest for Power, the Lower Houses of Assembly in the Southern Royal Colonies, 1689-1776 (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1963), Louis B. Wright, The Cultural Life of the American Colonies, 1607-1763 (New York, 1957).

For those who wish to delve into the background of English courts, common law, and their development before and during the colonial period, Sir William Holdsworth's A History of English Law, 14 vols. (London, 7th ed., rev., 1956), and An Historical Introduction to the Land Law (Oxford, 1927) are indispensable. Additional sources can be found in T. F. T. Plucknett's, A Concise History of the Common Law (London, 1948), Plucknett's Taswell-Langmead's English Constitutional History (London, 1960), and Alan Harding, A Social History of English Law Baltimore, Md., 1966).

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Table of contents

  • Foundations of Golonial America *
  • Preface v
  • Foundations of Colonial America *
  • Contents xi
  • Colonial Charters *
  • The Structure and Function of Government *
  • The Regulation of the Status and Activities of Individuals *
  • Taxation *
  • Regulation of Economic Activity *
  • Ecclesiastical Affairs *
  • Acts of Parliament and Royal Pr Oclama Tions *
  • Local Government *
  • Land Acquisition *
  • Laws Affecting Property Ownership *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution Deeds, Grants, Patents *
  • Public and Private Records of Land Distribution: Wills and Estates *
  • Glossary *
  • Table of Regnal Years *
  • Bibliography *
  • Index *
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