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Jameson, Hugh||Owens, Kenneth N.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of History


United States--History--Colonial period; ca. 1600-1775; United States--Social life and customs--To 1775


The decision to write about the urban problems of Colonial America was the outgrowth of studies originally undertaken in a seminar on 18th Century America. Not long after the subjects had been selected by the group, it became apparent that my subject could not be properly researched by using the available library facilities at N.I.U. At that time, however, two important works by the recognized authority in this phase of Colonial American History, Carl Bridenbaugh, were available at the Swen Franklin Parson Library. These works were Bridenbaugh's Cities in the Wilderness and Cities in Revolt. From these two sources, it was possible to obtain several bibliographical leads. The original research paper, therefore, was based primarily upon Bridenbaugh, and did contain a large annotated bibliography. The process of researching Bridenbaugh's bibliography eventually centered itself at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The sources which I found there, while not as complete as those to be found in eastern libraries and historical societies, provided a wealth of pertinent information. These sources were mostly voluminous town histories.


Includes bibliographical references (leaf 27)


27 pages




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