The river where America began

a journey along the James

By Deans, Bob

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ISBN
978-0-74255-172-5
Publisher
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c2007.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on February 15, 2007

Generations of American schoolchildren have learned that Jamestown was the English seed from which the United States sprang. But little focus has usually fallen on how iffy a thing were both its planting and its survival. Now, on the eve of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding, these three works together offer opportunities for reexamining U.S. origins. Kupperman (history, NYU;Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony ) extends her earlier work to revisit the people and politics that planned Jamestown and made it work. Her nine chapters incorporate the setting of the May 1607 landing at the James River into the discourse of how Europeans imagined America and of how the reality of America dawned in initiative and forbearance. Deftly drawing on wide-ranging sources, Kupperman re-creates the sights and sounds of homeland and wilderness that together reveal the trials, errors, and triumphs that made Jamestown a go for people on the ground but prevented absent inves...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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