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Inequality in early America
Pestana, Carla Gardina.
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Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, [1999]

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329 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
"Either married or to bee married" : women's legal inequality in early America / Mary Beth Norton -- "Riches and honour were rejected by them as loathsome vomit" : the fear of leveling in New England / Thomas N. Ingersoll -- Partial revival : the limits of the Great Awakening in Boston, Massachusetts, 1740-1742 / J. Richard Olivas -- Inequality in the here and the hereafter : religion and the construction of race and gender in the postrevolutionary South / Sylvia R. Frey -- "I loved the place of my dwelling" : Puritan missionaries and Native Americans in seventeenth-century southern New England / Neal Salisbury -- Black women who stole themselves in eighteenth-century America / Billy G. Smith -- African spirituality and cultural practice in colonial New York, 1700-1770 / Sterling Stuckey -- Sheep in the parlor, wheels on the common : pastoralism and poverty in eighteenth-century Boston / Laurel Thatcher Ulrich -- A class society? : The nature of inequality in early America / Ronald Schultz -- Slave labor camps in early America : overcoming denial and discovering the gulag / Peter H. Wood -- Rethinking early American slavery / Philip D. Morgan -- The concept of inevitability in the history of European-Indian relations / Gary B. Nash -- Reminiscences of Gary B. Nash.

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This book was designed as a collaborative effort to satisfy a long-felt need to pull together many important but separate inquiries into the nature and impact of inequality in colonial and revolutionary America. It also honors the scholarship of Gary Nash, who has contributed much of the leading work in this field. The 15 contributors, who constitute a Who's Who of those who have made important discoveries and reinterpret of this issue, include, Mary Beth Norton on women's legal inequality in early America; Neal Salisbury on Puritan missionaries and Native Americans; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich on elite and poor women's work in early Boston; Peter Wood and Philip Morgan on early American slavery, as well as Gary Nash himself writing on Indian/white history. The book will be immediately considered a vital contribution to American self-understanding and to historical analysis.

Author Notes

Carla Gardina Pestana is Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University
Sharon V. Salinger is Associate Professor of History at University of California, Riverside

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Library Journal Review

These essays by 15 historians of early America, edited by Pestana (history, Ohio State Univ.) and Salinger (history, Univ. of California, Riverside), examine the concept and the reality of inequality in early American society, covering religion, material culture, slavery, and gender. The essays show how inequality was both resisted and defended at the time. They also honor the outstanding scholarship of Gary Nash in this field. It was Nash's book, Red, White, and Black (Hill & Wang, 1989), that led to a major reassessment of Colonial American history. These essays are, in effect, the result of his insights into the nature and impact of inequality in Colonial and Revolutionary America. The writing is dense, but the contents make an outstanding contribution to the study of early American history. Recommended for American history collections in academic libraries.ÄHarry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Carla Gardina Pestana and Sharon V. SalingerMary Beth NortonThomas N. IngersollJ. Richard OlivasSylvia R. FreyNeal SalisburyBilly G. SmithSterling StuckeyLaurel Thatcher UlrichRonald SchultzPeter H. WoodPhilip D. MorganGary B. NashRichard S. Dunn
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Abbreviations Used in the Notesp. xi
Introduction: Inequality in Early Americap. 1
Sustaining Inequality
"Either Married or to Bee Married": Women's Legal Inequality in Early Americap. 25
"Riches and Honour Were Rejected by Them as Loathsome Vomit": The Fear of Leveling in New Englandp. 46
Partial Revival: The Limits of the Great Awakening in Boston, Massachusetts, 1740-1742p. 67
Inequality in the Here and the Hereafter: Religion and the Construction of Race and Gender in the Postrevolutionary Southp. 87
"I Loved the Place of My Dwelling": Puritan Missionaries and Native Americans in Seventeenth-Century Southern New Englandp. 111
Black Women Who Stole Themselves in Eighteenth-Century Americap. 134
African Spirituality and Cultural Practice in Colonial New York, 1700-1770p. 160
Sheep in the Parlor, Wheels on the Common: Pastoralism and Poverty in Eighteenth-Century Bostonp. 182
Conceptualizing Inequality
A Class Society? The Nature of Inequality in Early Americap. 203
Slave Labor Camps in Early America: Overcoming Denial and Discovering the Gulagp. 222
Rethinking Early American Slaveryp. 239
The Concept of Inevitability in the History of European--Indian Relationsp. 267
Reminiscences of Gary B. Nashp. 295
Contributorsp. 307
Indexp. 311