Colonial Chesapeake Society

Edited by Lois Green Carr, Philip D. Morgan, Jean B. Russo

524 pp., 6 x 9, 4 figs., 3 maps, 6 tables

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4343-7
    Published: August 1991
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-0012-3
    Published: May 2015
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6543-4
    Published: May 2015

Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

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Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

Proof that the renaissance in colonial Chesapeake studies is flourishing, this collection is the first to integrate the immigrant experience of the seventeenth century with the native-born society that characterized the Chesapeake by the eighteenth century.

Younger historians and senior scholars here focus on the everyday lives of ordinary people: why they came to the Chesapeake; how they adapted to their new world; who prospered and why; how property was accumulated and by whom. At the same time, the essays encompass broader issues of early American history, including the transatlantic dimension of colonization, the establishment of communities, both religious and secular, the significance of regionalism, the causes and effects of social and economic diversification, and the participation of Indians and blacks in the formation of societies. Colonial Chesapeake Society consolidates current advances in social history and provokes new questions.

About the Authors

Lois Green Carr, the historian at Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland, is the coauthor (with David W. Jordan) of Maryland's Revolution of Government, 1689-1692.
For more information about Lois Green Carr, visit the Author Page.

Philip D. Morgan is associate professor of history at Florida State University.
For more information about Philip D. Morgan, visit the Author Page.

Jean B. Russo is research director for Historic Annapolis, Inc., and research associate at Historic St. Mary's City.
For more information about Jean B. Russo, visit the Author Page.


"This invaluable collection of eleven essays summarizes the central discoveries and themes of recent scholarship while offering suggestions for future research. . . . A landmark volume."--Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History