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The Barbarous Years

The Peopling of British North America : the Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675

Bailyn, Bernard

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Barbarous Years
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From an acclaimed historian of early America, a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to the British colonies of North America and their involvements with each other and the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0394515706
9780394515700
Characteristics: xv, 614 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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Mr. Bailyn is at his best writing about New England—familiar terrain—and recounting the travails and then rapid growth of the Massachusetts Bay Colony after 1620. This section could stand on its own as a short book on the subject: The author colorfully portrays the Puritan leaders, their propensity for schism and the relentless struggles between doctrinal compromisers and the pure of heart. Puritans eagerly resorted to flogging, dismembering and burning their opponents. These were barbarous years indeed.

Throughout the book, Mr. Bailyn patiently explains the origins of the people who migrated to America. Readers learn which regions of England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia produced the most migrants, which social classes were best represented, and the extent to which young males predominated within various migrant flows.

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