Colonial politics, economics, and social processes combined to shape what would come to be the United States of America. In this digital project, students of Dr. Christine Eisel's Early North America course at the University of Memphis showcase semester-long individul examinations of various topics in colonial history. Each student critically evaluated primary and secondary sources, both from digital and print archives, in order to create their own narrative essay. 

The work in this exhibit demonstrates the positive and negative aspects of the historical subject matter. Students were particularly interested in the ways societies intereacted with each other and with the environment, and prominent themes include the supernatural, violence, coercion, politics, and religion.

The students of HIST 4620 invite you to engage with the exhibit and see early North America as they do: a dynamic, multi-dimensional, and expansive space where native peoples, Africans, and Europeans carved out lives for themselves in both cooperation and contestation.

Site edited by Theresa Corbett and Cheslea Buggs, Department of History graduate students (The University of Memphis).

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