The Colonial Image: Origins of American Culture

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Contents
Preface -- Frank Freidel5
Introduction -- John C. Miller15
PART I ARRIVALS41
William Bradford:The Plymouth Plantation43
What could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men . . . (and) if they looked behind them there was the mighty ocean. . . . What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace?
Captain John Smith:A Description of New England66
New England is that of America in the Ocean Sea opposite to Nova Albion ( California) in the South Sea. . . .
Thomas Morton:The New English Canaan76
. . . I did not think that in all the known world [ New England] could be paralleled for so many goodly groves of trees, dainty fine round rising hillocks, delicate fair large plains, sweet crystal fountains, and clear running streams . . . .
John and Margaret Winthrop:Letters77
Be sure to have ready at sea 2 or 3 skillets of several sizes, a large frying pan, a small stewing pan, and a case to boil a pudding in . . . for physic you shall need no other than a pound of Dr. Wright's Electuariu lenitivu and his direction to use it, a gallon of scurvy grass . . . and a little grated or sliced nutmeg.
Gottfried Mittelberger:The Crossing to Pennsylvania83
During the journey the ship is full of pitiful signs of distress--smells, fumes, horrors, vomiting, various kinds of sea sickness, fever, dysentery, headaches, heat, constipation, boils, scurvy, cancer, mouth-rot, and similar afflictions, all of them caused by the age and the highly salted state of the food, especially of the meat, as well as by the very bad and filthy water.
PART II DAILY LIFE99
William Bradford:Pirates in Plymouth101
. . . they spent and scattered a great deal of money among the people, and yet more sin, I fear, than money.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Preface 5
  • Contents 9
  • Introduction 15
  • Part I - Arrivals 41
  • The Plymouth Plantation 43
  • A Description of New England 66
  • The New English Canaan 76
  • Letters 77
  • The Crossing to Pennsylvania! 83
  • Part II - Daily Life 99
  • Pirates in Plymouth 101
  • Thomas Morton of Merrymount 103
  • The Merrymount Colony 108
  • Edifying Incidents 113
  • An Exemplary Christian 115
  • Inoculation for Smallpox 118
  • Courtship 132
  • Marriage 141
  • On Taking a Mistress 154
  • The Speech of Polly Baker 156
  • Riding through Virginia 159
  • Part III - God and the Devil 167
  • Religious Tolerance 169
  • In Defence of Intolerance 175
  • Witchcraft in Salem 179
  • Witchcraft in Salem 185
  • Witchcraft in Salem 190
  • The Devil in the Shape of a Woman 193
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 207
  • Personal Narrative 212
  • Part IV - The Indians 221
  • The Indians in Virginia 223
  • Pocahontas 231
  • The Pequot War 239
  • The Pequot War 244
  • Indian Customs and Manners 248
  • Captured by Indians 257
  • Part V - The South 291
  • Virginia 293
  • History of the Dividing Line 310
  • Part VI - Literature 351
  • Anne Bradstreet 353
  • Michael Wigglesworth 357
  • Edward Taylor 367
  • Bacon's Epitaph 370
  • Ebenezer Cook 372
  • Benjamin Franklin 377
  • Part VII - Four Colonial Views 387
  • Itinerarium Dr. Alexander Hamilton 389
  • Autobiography 419
  • Journal 437
  • Letters from an American Farmer 479
  • Bibliography 499
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