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  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 081605407X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5407-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 974.4
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 160


Massachusetts describes life in the early colony, including such details as the growth of the colony, farming practices, fishing, overseas trade, shipbuilding, and the structure of the government, as well as the numerous conflicts with Native Americans. Informative chapters cover England's many attempts to assert control over the colonies, as well as intriguing historical events such as the Salem witchcraft trials and the siege of Boston. The role of Massachusetts in the formation of the Constitution is discussed, along with its place as the sixth state to ratify it. In addition to these absorbing stories, readers will also learn about the post-Revolution struggles such as a loss of trade and Shays's Rebellion. Numerous black-and-white photographs and maps provide a stimulating visual accompaniment to the well-written, easy-to-follow text.

Sidebars include:

  • Anne Dudley Bradstreet
  • Harvard
  • Puritans and their beliefs
  • Paul Revere
  • Deborah Sampson
  • Squanto
  • The first Thanksgiving
  • The Mayflower Compact.


58 black-and-white photographs. 11 maps and graphs. Index. Appendix of historical sites in the state. Sidebars. Timeline. Further reading list.

About the Author(s)

Craig A. Doherty has a B.A. in English and history from the University of Massachusetts and studied education at the graduate level at the University of New Mexico. Editor and co-owner of Field Trial Magazine, he has 11 years' experience teaching English at the high school level and six years' experience teaching social studies at both the middle and high school levels.

Katherine M. Doherty has a B.A. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. in library science from Simmons College. Director of learning resources for New Hampshire Community College, she has worked as a librarian at elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as entire school districts. A member of the American Library Association, the New Hampshire Library Association, and the New Hampshire State Library Advisory Council, Doherty serves as a trustee of the Dummer Public Library.

Together Craig A. Doherty and Katherine M. Doherty are coauthors of more than 25 nonfiction books for children and young adults.

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