Social Reality Subthemes

Social reality: documents that uncover both the workings of society (slavery, the life of women, riots, and the like) and opinions expressed about such social realities.


 

  • Class: depictions of class relations in the colonies or Britain.

     

  • Colonization: depictions of new settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains; land companies and speculation.

     

  • Domestic life: depictions of household activities and their disruption by military action.

     

  • Government organization: operation of colonial government; creation of new shadow governments by conventions and congresses.

     

  • Health: smallpox, epidemics, general health, often connected to military action.

     

  • Hunger: malnutrition, starvation growing from crop failures, trade restrictions, military service.

     

  • Immigrants: depictions of the lives and political ideals of immigrants from Germany and Britain.

     

  • Indian-white relations: treaties, warfare, and trade between Indians and colonists and Indians and the British.

     

  • Internal disorder/civil war: depictions of disorder (riots, closed courts, illegal governments) as leading to civil war between the colonies and Britain.

     

  • Population movement, refugees, confiscation: how warfare and occupation of towns led to movements of families, creation of a class of refugees, and confiscation of land of those who left by the occupiers.

     

  • Religion and fast days: depictions of religious belief and practice; imputation of God in human affairs; calls for fast days by legislative bodies.

     

  • Sailors: conditions at sea; riots of sailors on shore; privateering.

     

  • Skilled workers: depictions of work and politics of artisans.

     

  • Slavery: conditions of slave life; rebellions of slaves.

     

  • The poor/poverty: depictions of poor people, poverty, and the ways warfare thrust people into poverty.

     

  • The rich: lives of wealthy folk; attacks on luxury.

     

  • Women: depictions of the lives of women, particularly during internal violence and warfare.