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Excerpts from Colonial New England's Colorful History

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Published on May 4, 2012

As part of the 2012 NEHGS Annual Meeting Weekend, historian Roger Thompson presented a one-day program, Colonial New England's Colorful History. Thompson is emeritus professor at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, where he taught American Colonial History for thirty years. He also taught at Eton College and several major American universities. Mr. Thompson is the author of ten books on English and American early modern history.

Thompson shared his many years of research into the daily lives of early New Englanders, including in-depth studies of town settlement, religion, court records, crime and violence, the role of women, and the region's relationship with England. He discussed the research that resulted in his books Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649-1699; Divided We Stand: Watertown, Massachusetts, 1630-1680; Cambridge Cameos: Stories of Life in Seventeenth-Century New England; and his most recent work, published by NEHGS, From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1629-1692. The day concluded with a retrospective on Mr. Thompson's illustrious career exploring this fascinating period in our nation's history.

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