The American Colonies
What was life like for European settlers in the New World? How did American colonies function before the Revolutionary War? Explore life in the pre-Revolutionary era of North America.
Puritan Laws and Character
Henry William Elson
A historian describes the culture and laws of Puritan society in 17th and 18th century New England.
Witchcraft in Salem
In 1692, mass hysteria gripped the town of Salem, Massachusetts, killing 20 people and creating what is now known as the Salem Witch Trials.
The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts
Mike Kubic discusses the Salem witch trials and how they relate to other prejudiced hunts throughout history.
Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island
National Park Service
This text provides insight into the first (failed) English colony in North America: Roanoke, also known as the “Lost Colony.”
This informational text discusses Alexander Hamilton’s life and contributions to the founding of the United States.
The Mysterious Dark Day
Lois Minder Huey
Lois Minder Huey discusses a day where the northeastern American colonies went dark during the American Revolution.
Two Famous Friends
Jean K. Potratz
Jean K. Potratz discusses the rocky friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
The Desperate Ride of Caesar Rodney
When it was time to vote on American colonies’ independence from England, delegate Caesar Rodney raced to Philadelphia to cast his vote.
The Late Troubles at Salem
Marjorie Rackliffe discusses the unfair witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts.
Salem Memorializes Those Killed During Witch Trials
Merrit Kennedy discusses the opening of a memorial established on the site where 19 people were hanged during the Salem witch trials.
Bound for a New Life
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Two children work in Jamestown, an English colony in America.
First Contact with Europeans
Stephen Currie discusses European explorers’ first contact with American Indians in 1513.
Francisco Menéndez: An Unsung Hero
Jane Landers describes the life and accomplishments of Francisco Menéndez, a West African man who was brought to the Americas as a slave.