Anxious Patriarchs, Unruly Women, and Indian Kings: Authority and Community in Early America

Term: Spring 2013

Subject Code: GHIS

Course Number: 5176

Early America was a place in flux. In this introduction to the history of early America, we will trace struggles over authority and community among the Native, European, and African peoples who together comprised the "new world" of the western Atlantic. Moving between the unstable patriarchies of early plantation Virginia, the promiscuous markets of New York and Philadelphia, the multiracial Christian utopias of the northern forests - and more - we will analyze how early Americans attempted to negotiate lives, livelihoods, and communities for themselves in a period marked by changing conceptions of sovereignty and household governance, commerce and consumerism, and human slavery and freedom.

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