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Making an Atlantic World: Circles, Paths, and Stories from the Colonial South Hardcover – October 30, 2007
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"Carson's narrative is framed and informed by an impressive knowledge not simply of Native and colonial American histories but also of the literature in geography, archaeology, and post-colonial studies, to say nothing of African, European, and Caribbean histories. These fields have not been adequately appreciated by American or Native American historians, so Carson's ability to bring them to bear on such an important topic is most welcome."
Based on the notion of “founding peoples” rather than “founding fathers,” Making an Atlantic World uses an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to interpret the Colonial South. James Taylor Carson uses historical ethnogeography-a new methodology that brings together the study of history, anthropology, and geography. This method seeks to incorporate concepts of space and landscape with social perspectives to give students and scholars a better understanding of the forces that shaped the development of a synthesized southern culture.
Unlike previous studies, which considered colonization as a contest over land but rarely considered what the land was and how people understood their relationships to it, Making an Atlantic World shows how the founding peoples perceived their world before contact and how they responded to contact and colonization.
The author contends that each of the three groups involved-the first people, the invading people, and the enslaved people-possessed a particular worldview that they had to adapt to each other to face the challenges brought about by contact.
James Taylor Carson is associate professor of history at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of <i>Searching for the Bright Path: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal</i>. His articles and reviews have appeared in <i>Ethnohistory, Journal of Mississippi History, Agricultural History, Journal of Military History</i>, and other publications.
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