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Colonial America

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Ye Olde Column, by Carl R. Weinberg

My main memory of Steve Good- son was the day in fourth grade when he punched me in the stomach. We were on the playground and he was just horsing around, or so he told me as I stood there, doubled over in pain. Steve was a lean, scrappy kid who had moved from Texas to my hometown of Oak Park, Illinois. My other recollection of him is a happier one and it concerns the subject of this issue. For Steve stood out from the crowd at Lincoln Elementary School. He was both a “jock” and a “brain.” In my capacity as the latter, we joined forces that November and, thanks to the encouragement of our teacher, Mrs. Giel, wrote our class’s Thanksgiving play. Sadly, no documentary record has survived, but I can tell you that all the individual lines were delivered by virtuous Pilgrims. Some poor classmate, for example, would say, “Let’s go make friends with the Indians!” Then the rest of us would shout in unison, “Yes, let’s!” Our next victim would say, “Let’s eat supper together!” And the chorus would respond, “Yes, let’s!” And so it proceeded in numbing fashion. Read online >


What’s Colonial and Which America,
by Karin Wulf
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No Boundaries?: New Terrain in Colonial American History,
by Karin Wulf
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Beyond the “Atlantic World”: Early American History as Viewed from the West,
by Juliana Barr
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Bridging the Continental Divide: Colonial America’s “French Quarter”,
by Christopher Hodson and Brett Rushforth
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The Founding of English America: Jamestown,
by James Horn
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teaching resources

Teaching the History of Death in Colonial North America,
by Erik R. Seeman
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Opening the Digital Door: Colonial Williamsburg Online,
by William White
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The Textbook Hernando de Soto: Changing Interpretations of a Spanish Conquistador,
by Matt Moore
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Textbook accounts of Hernando de Soto:

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In adding the prefix “Ye Olde” to the name of their restaurant, the founders of this Mexican eatery in downtown Los Angeles, California were clearly poking fun at a centuries-old Anglo-American tradition. But their sign nicely conveys the ways that historians are rewriting the history of colonial America to include the vast American West, invoked here by the desert-dwelling saguaro cactus and an adobe hut, a region in which English speakers were last to arrive.

Steve Devol, Ye Olde Taco House #1 (2010) (Courtesy of Steve Devol)