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Red, White and Black

Red, White and Black

7th Edition

Gary Nash

Aug 2014, Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN13: 9780205887590
ISBN10: 0205887597
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Explores how the most diverse society in the Atlantic world was shaped through two centuries of development


Written by highly acclaimed historian Gary B. Nash, this text presents an interpretive account of the interactions between Native Americans, African Americans, and Euroamericans during the colonial and revolutionary eras. It reveals the crucial interconnections between North America's many peoples, illustrating the ease of their interactions in the first two centuries of European and African presence to develop a fuller, deeper understanding of the nation's underpinnings.

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Chapter 1. Before Columbus

Chapter 2. Europeans Reach North America

Chapter 3. Cultures Meet on the Chesapeake

Chapter 4. Cultures Meet in the Northeast

Chapter 5. The Coastal Societies: Resistance, Accommodation, and Defeat

Chapter 6. Europe, Africa, and the Americas

Chapter 7. The African Ordeal Under Slavery

Chapter 8. The Transformation of Euro-American Society

Chapter 9. Wars for Empire and Indian Strategies for Survival

Chapter 10. The Seven Years’ War and Its Aftermath

Chapter 11. The Tricolored American Revolution

Chapter 12. The Mixing of Peoples

  • Uses a Cultural-Historical Approach - This title examines the various cultures that were transplanted into North America and how they interacted. This edition uses new research to embed the history of early North America more firmly in an Atlantic basin framework.

  • Offers an All-Inclusive Perspective - The narrative explores the interaction of many people at all levels of society, from various cultural backgrounds and across the centuries.

  • Speaks for the “Historically Voiceless”— The text considers the lives of slaves, Indians, white indentured servants and those who arrived with high hopes but remained in the lower stratum of white colonial society.

  • Presents African-Americans as Active Participants in the Cultural Process—The narrative draws upon the work of African and African-American historians to reflect responses to enslavement and economic contributions made by enslaved Africans.

Gary B. Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is currently Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary American History. Among the books Nash has authored are Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania, 1681-1726 (1968); Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early America (1974, 1982, 1992, 2000); The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution (1979); Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community, 1720-1840 (1988); First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory (2002); and The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America (2005). A former president of the Organization of American Historians, his scholarship is especially concerned with the role of common people in the making of history.