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Colonial Chesapeake Society

Lois Green Carr, Philip D. Morgan, and Jean B. Russo

Paper: 978-0-8078-4343-7 ($47.50)

Copyright 1989
University of North Carolina Press

Proof that the renaissance in colonial Chesapeake studies is flourishing, this collection is the first to integrate the immigrant experience of the seventeenth century with the native-born society that characterized the Chesapeake by the eighteenth century.

Younger historians and senior scholars here focus on the everyday lives of ordinary people: why they came to the Chesapeake; how they adapted to their new world; who prospered and why; how property was accumulated and by whom. At the same time, the essays encompass broader issues of early American history, including the transatlantic dimension of colonization, the establishment of communities, both religious and secular, the significance of regionalism, the causes and effects of social and economic diversification, and the participation of Indians and blacks in the formation of societies. Colonial Chesapeake Society consolidates current advances in social history and provokes new questions.

About the Author

Lois Green Carr, the historian at Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland, is the coauthor (with David W. Jordan) of Maryland's Revolution of Government, 1689-1692.


This volume demonstrates that the renaissance in Chesapeake studies that began a decade and a half ago is still vigorously proceeding. The essays address questions of immigration, the local economy, Indian and Afro-American life, family, and community, and combine detailed investigation with a broad comparative and synthetic outlook.

--Paul G. E. Clemens

This impressive collection deepens and widens our understanding of the evolution of Chesapeake society and, therefore, of American society as well. Attention is on people doing things: choosing to immigrate, negotiating with Indians, serving the master, exchanging gossip, forming families, acquiring land. By concentrating on place and time, yet keeping a transatlantic perspective, these writers bring a new level of maturity to the study of our colonial past.

--Gloria L. Main

This invaluable collection of eleven essays summarizes the central discoveries and themes of recent scholarship while offering suggestions for future research. . . . A landmark volume.

--Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History