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The scratch of a pen : 1763 and the transformation of North America / Colin G. Calloway.

By: Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Pivotal moments in American history: Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006Description: xvii, 219 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0195300718 (alk. paper); 9780195300710 (alk. paper); 9780195331271 (pbk.); 0195331273 (pbk.).Subject(s): North America -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 | Frontier and pioneer life -- North America | Land tenure -- North America -- History -- 18th century | Treaty of Paris (1763) | Great Britain -- Colonies -- America | France -- Colonies -- America | Indians of North America -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 | North America -- Ethnic relationsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Scratch of a pen.DDC classification: 973.2/6 Other classification: G:us S:pg Z:30 | NN 7500
Contents:
Editor's note -- Acknowledgments -- 1763 timeline -- Introduction: War, peace, and revolution -- 1: America And Americans In 1763 -- 2: Contested Lands -- Land and freedom in Indian country -- Emigrants and settlers -- Speculators -- 3: First War Of Independence -- Pontiac's war -- Settlers' war -- Redcoats' war -- 4: Setting Boundaries -- Line in the mountains -- Treaty of Augusta and the Southern Indians -- 5: Endings And Endurance In French America -- Quebec -- Interior French -- 6: Louisiana Transfer And Mississippi Frontier -- New order in Lower Mississippi Indian country -- Lingering French and reluctant Spanish -- Frontier defenses and Indian power in the West -- 7: Exiles And Expulsions -- Leaving Florida -- Jesuit expulsion and Acadian reunion -- Epilogue: Tale of two treaties -- Notes -- Index.
Summary: From the Publisher: In this superb volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series, Colin Calloway reveals how the Treaty of Paris of 1763 had a profound effect on American history, setting in motion a cascade of unexpected consequences, as Indians and Europeans, settlers and frontiersmen, all struggled to adapt to new boundaries, new alignments, and new relationships. Britain now possessed a vast American empire stretching from Canada to the Florida Keys, yet the crushing costs of maintaining it would push its colonies toward rebellion. White settlers, free to pour into the West, clashed as never before with Indian tribes struggling to defend their way of life. In the Northwest, Pontiac's War brought racial conflict to its bitterest level so far. Whole ethnic groups migrated, sometimes across the continent: it was 1763 that saw many exiled settlers from Acadia in French Canada move again to Louisiana, where they would become Cajuns. Calloway unfurls this panoramic canvas with vibrant narrative skill, peopling his tale with memorable characters such as William Johnson, the Irish baronet who moved between Indian campfires and British barracks; Pontiac, the charismatic Ottawa chieftain; and James Murray, Britains first governor in Quebec, who fought to protect the religious rights of his French Catholic subjects. Most Americans know the significance of the Declaration of Independence or the Emancipation Proclamation, but not the Treaty of Paris. Yet 1763 was a year that shaped our history just as decisively as 1776 or 1862. This captivating book shows why.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-208) and index.

Editor's note -- Acknowledgments -- 1763 timeline -- Introduction: War, peace, and revolution -- 1: America And Americans In 1763 -- 2: Contested Lands -- Land and freedom in Indian country -- Emigrants and settlers -- Speculators -- 3: First War Of Independence -- Pontiac's war -- Settlers' war -- Redcoats' war -- 4: Setting Boundaries -- Line in the mountains -- Treaty of Augusta and the Southern Indians -- 5: Endings And Endurance In French America -- Quebec -- Interior French -- 6: Louisiana Transfer And Mississippi Frontier -- New order in Lower Mississippi Indian country -- Lingering French and reluctant Spanish -- Frontier defenses and Indian power in the West -- 7: Exiles And Expulsions -- Leaving Florida -- Jesuit expulsion and Acadian reunion -- Epilogue: Tale of two treaties -- Notes -- Index.

From the Publisher: In this superb volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series, Colin Calloway reveals how the Treaty of Paris of 1763 had a profound effect on American history, setting in motion a cascade of unexpected consequences, as Indians and Europeans, settlers and frontiersmen, all struggled to adapt to new boundaries, new alignments, and new relationships. Britain now possessed a vast American empire stretching from Canada to the Florida Keys, yet the crushing costs of maintaining it would push its colonies toward rebellion. White settlers, free to pour into the West, clashed as never before with Indian tribes struggling to defend their way of life. In the Northwest, Pontiac's War brought racial conflict to its bitterest level so far. Whole ethnic groups migrated, sometimes across the continent: it was 1763 that saw many exiled settlers from Acadia in French Canada move again to Louisiana, where they would become Cajuns. Calloway unfurls this panoramic canvas with vibrant narrative skill, peopling his tale with memorable characters such as William Johnson, the Irish baronet who moved between Indian campfires and British barracks; Pontiac, the charismatic Ottawa chieftain; and James Murray, Britains first governor in Quebec, who fought to protect the religious rights of his French Catholic subjects. Most Americans know the significance of the Declaration of Independence or the Emancipation Proclamation, but not the Treaty of Paris. Yet 1763 was a year that shaped our history just as decisively as 1776 or 1862. This captivating book shows why.

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CHOICE Review

Calloway's last book covered thousands of years in North America; this short, superb work focuses on one monumental year. He begins with the British triumph after years of war and presents a broad view of the many cultures and communities on the continent. His evocative, deeply researched reconstruction of everyday life inevitably misses some things, but still offers much rich detail. Calloway (Dartmouth College) next focuses on the contests over land and sovereignty, including "the first war of independence" (Pontiac's War), the proclamation by which London tried to prevent more war in North America, and the colonists' swelling hatred of the Indians and resentment against the British army. He then discusses Spain's efforts to increase its control over Native peoples within the newly acquired Louisiana territory, and how French traders and priests maintained their influence for many years, despite the changes. Calloway's extremely readable work provides a useful focus on the rapidly evolving relations of Natives with imperial officials, traders, and settlers, and manages to present the big picture while being attentive to individuals in the maelstrom of change. This is a great book for a college US survey course. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. D. R. Mandell Truman State University

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Colin G. Calloway is Professor of History and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His many books on early American history include New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America and The American Revolution in Indian Country. Hismost recent work, One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (2003), received the Ray Allen Billington Prize, the Merle Curti Award, and many other prizes and was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year.

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