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Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents (Pages from History) Paperback – 3 Sep 2009

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Students of American history will find plenty to chew on in this meaty, heavily illustrated entry in the new Pages from History series....Beginning with a full-color section, the pictures are...heavy on maps that chart the world's expansion in the European consciousness and including often fanciful scenes that in many cases are all that is left of vanished Native American cultures.... [Lepore] draws from a host of hard-to-find sources, and creates a ghastly, compelling picture of one of human history's pivotal moments. (Kirkus Reviews)

A wealth of primary source materials...an eye-opening look at the 'discovery' of the New World....Nearly every page features a black-and-white period reproduction, most with captions giving additional information...full-color reproductions of historical maps. In addition to offering valuable perspectives, this book will introduce readers to the challenges involved in understanding the past. (School Library Journal)

Presents primary source material (diaries, letters, maps, illustrations)

The author does an excellent job of introducing these documents, filling in their historical context, and pointing out their salient features....This volume provides a balance to traditional texts by presenting the voices of people not often heard, who suffered from European colonization of the new world. Classroom discussions and individual reports will be enriched....Recommended. (Book Report)

Promises to be both useful and capable of holding student interest....Contains many clear, large, and easy-to-use charts, diagrams, and pictures. The sixteen-page map section is a delight that students will find fascinating....Well-edited and beautifully illustrated. (OAH Magazine of History)

Almost all history teachers believe that the best way for students to 'catch' history is to read prime sources, not just textbook summaries. [This] fulfills that purpose superbly! The author's commentaryis readable, helpful, and connects the documents well.I'd buy the whole set for middle or high school libraries. (Library Materials Guide)

About the Author

Jill Lepore is an Associate Professor of History at Boston University, where she also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for American and New England Studies. Her previous works include A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States (Knopf, 2002) and The Name of War: King Philip's War and American Identity (Knopf, 1998), Winner of the Bancroft Prize, Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Berkshire Prize, and the New England Historical Association Prize, and a selection of the History Book Club.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful original sources 22 Jan. 2011
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This is a fabulous textbook in and of itself. I use it with middle schoolers and it is not too advanced for them, but it would work equally well at all levels, I think. The author has a point of view, and her sympathies lie with the indigenous peoples, but the documentary record is pretty compelling in and of itself. With a good introduction on what original sources consist of. Covers Spanish, French and English encounters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best history writer of today 30 Aug. 2013
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After reading this + a few other of Jill Lepore's book, I simply had to order several other books that she has published. She's an eye-opening scholar and a terrifically exciting author. I can't praise her enough. She makes history human and exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle yet direct exhibition of the autochthonous antithesis 16 Mar. 2016
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"Encounters in the New World" offers six familiar episodes of New World encounters between indigenous peoples and European colonizers. Locations such as Mexico, New England, New France, and Roanoke Island provide the setting for the story of culture clash, occupation, and resistance. Lepore also includes chapters on the evolution of reliable maps and on the trans-Adantic slave trade. The chapter on the slave trade is a good example of Lepore's facility for selecting apt documents. She uses selections from Olaudah Equiano, letters from merchants engaged in the trade, journal entries recorded by the captain of a slave ship, records of a slave auction, and passages from slave narratives to give readers an informed perspective on this key issue of New World encounters.

The book contains many clear, large, and easy to use charts, diagrams, and pictures. The 16-page map section is a delight that students will find fascinating. Lepore provides informed and very readable commentary that sets up each chapter nicely. Her prose is both to-the-point and suggestive, gently helping readers to frame the context that the documents illuminate. Sidebars offer more information on a particular topic within the chapter. A detailed timeline and suggestions for further reading round out the volume. I myself found the short, illustrated sections at the front of the book about what a document is and how to read a document especially helpful.
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