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APUSH-3

Colonial Society in the Mid-Eighteenth Century


A.  Social structure

1.  Family

2.  Farm and town life; the economy

B.  Culture

1.  Great Awakening

2.  The American mind

3.  'Folkways'

C.  New immigrants


Resources:

History as Destiny: The Case of New York City
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant interactive tools:
New York Is a Business Town
New York Is a Business Town

Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
British New York

Relevant transcripts:
Why Boston Declined

The Origins of Slavery in the New World
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
Introduction
Laws and Statutes: Slave Labor Expands
Systems of Slavery: Diversity
African American Cultures

Relevant transcripts:
Professor Foner explains the social and economic impact of rice cultivation in the South.
Professor Foner discusses the development of three kinds of African American cultures.

Relevant interactive tools:
Professor Foner discusses the tobacco-based system of slavery in the Chesapeake
Professor Foner discusses the tobacco-based system of slavery in the Chesapeake

The Struggle for Freedom
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
The American Revolution: Black Intellectuals
American Nationhood: Racism and Citizenship
Who's who

The New World: Origins of Slavery
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The following primary sources, focusing on Bacon's Rebellion, help students understand the condition of freemen and indentured servants on the eve of the revolt and how colonial legislation helped institutionalize slavery in the southern colonies.

Colonial Society and Economy
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
Colonial society (Virginia in particular) changed from a society with slaves to a slave society, where slavery was the foundation of the economic and social order. This selection of primary sources allows students to understand how commerce and agricultural production caused slavery to replace indentured servitude in the southern colonies and to create new forms of wealth.

Bacon's Rebellion: Colonial Society and Politics
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
In this simulation, which focuses on Bacon's Rebellion, students will recreate colonial society with a view to understanding how the legal and economic infrastructure of the colonies facilitated the development of slavery.

Mapping Early New York City
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
In this innovative simulation students learn the skills of mapping. Although focused here on the early history of New York City, these skills can be applied to any urban center in any time period.

Slave Resistance
Resource Type: Primary Source
A newspaper advertisement offering a reward for the return of a runaway slave (Virginia Gazette, February 15, 1770).

Systems of Slavery: The North
Resource Type: Primary Source
The Newport Historical Society cannot determine whether the black child depicted in this portrait of the Potter family in Rhode Island is free or slave. The adult male figure here may be the John Potter who manumitted his slaves after becoming a Quaker. The British influence on the fashion and tastes of American colonial elites is conveyed through dress (c.1740-70).

Systems of Slavery: The South
Resource Type: Primary Source
The labor-intensive process of rice cultivation on a plantation near Savannah, Georgia (1867).

Systems of Slavery: The South
Resource Type: Primary Source
Charleston, with its intense maritime activities and fine urban architecture (173739).

Systems of Slavery: The North
Resource Type: Primary Source
Slave market in the port city of New York (1730). Slavery figured in the economy of the Northern colonies though it was not central to it.

The American Revolution: Black Intellectuals
Resource Type: Primary Source
Phillis Wheatley (1753-84) is the first black woman whose poetry is published in the United States and Great Britain.

African American Cultures
Resource Type: Primary Source
The Old Plantation. Painting by an unknown artist (c. 1800). A spirited gathering of African Americans dancing to and playing music.


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