AmericanHeritage, American Voices. Colonies and Revolution by David C. King

By David C. King

Find out what lifestyles was once like in colonial the USA from the folk who lived it!

This first ebook within the American history American Voices sequence provide you with an extraordinary glimpse into the daily stories of early american citizens. you are going to research from fourteen-year-old George Washington approximately his principles of Civility and respectable Behaviour (such as "Do now not snigger an excessive amount of or too loud in public."); you will learn the testimony of an accused witch from the Salem witch trials; and you can listen concerning the negative stipulations African slaves suffered after they have been dropped at the USA, from one of many slaves who survived. you are going to additionally learn about what led as much as the Boston Tea celebration, what occurred to the signers of the announcement of Independence, and the bold venture of the 1st submarine (in 1776!).

From Columbus's letter describing his first voyage to the US to the structure of the USA, Colonies and Revolution offers a wealth of interval files, together with diaries, letters, articles, ads, speeches, and extra, from either recognized figures and traditional voters. learn the way all of those American voices operating jointly helped to make this nation what it truly is this day.

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Because I was so young I was not put in chains. The Middle Passage The Atlantic crossing became known as the “Middle Passage” because it came between the ship’s journey to Africa loaded with iron, cloth, brandy, and other goods to trade for slaves and the ship’s trip from America back to Europe full of sugar, tobacco, and other products that the slave cargo had bought. Today the phrase “Middle Passage” is associated with all of the horrors of the slave’s transatlantic experience. G rowing Opposition to Slavery In the late 1760s some American colonists began to speak out against the British government’s violation of their rights.

The cracks of the whip urging these miserable beings to excessive labor are far too distant to be heard. . With gold . . they order vessels to the coasts of Guinea [West Africa]; by virtue of that gold, wars, murders, and devastations are committed in some harmless, peaceable African neighborhood where dwelt innocent people who even knew not but that all men were black. . Whole families swept away and brought through storms and tempests to this rich metropolis! There, arranged like horses at a fair, they are branded like cattle and then driven to toil, to starve, and to languish for a few years on the different plantations of these citizens.

The rest of the white population were Dutch, French, Swedish, Danish, German, and a few other nationalities. These different groups were scattered among the colonies. The largest numbers settled in Pennsylvania. qxd 11/5/02 46 10:18 AM Page 46 COLONIES AND REVOLUTION Snakes for Prisoners Ben Franklin became irritated at the large numbers of prisoners sent to America. The English, he said, were emptying their prisons and sending all the inmates to the colonies. Franklin’s solution: Americans should send one rattlesnake to England for every prisoner sent to the colonies.

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