By Raymond M. Hyser

VOICES OF the yankee prior is a two-volume reader that provides a number of various views via greater than 230 fundamental resources. Excerpts from speeches, letters, journals, journal articles, hearings and executive files elevate concerns from either private and non-private features of yank lifestyles all through background. A "Guide to examining and analyzing files" within the entrance subject explains how and why historians use fundamental resource facts, and descriptions simple issues to assist scholars discover ways to learn assets. short headnotes set each one resource into context. "Questions to think about" precede every one rfile, providing activates for serious pondering and mirrored image. The volumes are prepared chronologically into 31 chapters, with the Reconstruction bankruptcy overlapping in either volumes -- equivalent to the splits of such a lot survey texts.

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The colony was initially founded as a religious haven and land of opportunity for English Quakers; its 1692 proclamation supporting liberty of conscience and Penn’s extensive promotion of the area attracted immigrants from throughout western Europe. One of these early settlers was Gabriel Thomas. A Quaker, he lived in Pennsylvania and western New Jersey from 1682 until 1697. His An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania and West New Jersey, published in 1698, was among the more widely read works by an American author.

12 “PENNSYLVANIA, THE POOR MAN’S PARADISE” (1698) 25 known to Men and Angels. I Petition to your Honours not for my own Life, for I know I must die, and my appointed time is set; but the Lord he knows it is, if it be possible, that no more Innocent blood be shed, which undoubtedly cannot be avoided in the way and course you go in. I question not, but your Honours do to the utmost of your powers, in the discovery and detecting of witchcraft and Witches, and would not be guilty of Innocent Blood for the World; but by my own Innocency I know you are in the wrong way.

Sept. 1607]. Smith newly recovered; Martin and Rat[c]liffe was, by his care, preserved and relieved. But now was all our provision spent, the Sturgeon gone, all helps abandoned, each hour expecting the fury of the Savages; when God, the patron of all good endeavours, in that desperate extremity, so changed the hearts of the Savages, that they brought such plenty of their fruits and provision, as no man wanted. And now where some affirmed it was ill done of the Councel to send forth men so badly provided, this incontradictable reason will show them plainly they are too ill advised to nourish such ill concepts.

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