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Kupperman, Karen Ordahl 1939-

Works: 54 works in 183 publications in 2 languages and 10,779 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Encyclopedias  Juvenile works  Children's films  Educational films  Academic theses  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Commentator
Classifications: F229, 973.21
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Karen Ordahl Kupperman
The Jamestown project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reconfiguring the national myth of Jamestown's failure [Karen Kupperman] shows how the settlement's distinctly messy first decade actually represents a period of ferment in which individuals were learning how to make a colony work ... the structures and practices that evolved through trial and error in Virginia would become the model for all successful English colonies, including Plymouth."--Jacket
Roanoke, the abandoned colony by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony, Karen Ordahl Kupperman recounts one of the most gripping stories in American history. Writing from a background in both Indian and English history, she movingly describes the first English colony in America and places it within the context of the most recent historical research. She analyzes Carolina Algonquian culture in order to understand the Indians' response to the Europeans who intruded on them and brings historical themes to life through fascinating portraits of individuals who lived the drama of the lost colony. - Back cover
Indians and English : facing off in early America by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this vividly written book, prize-winning author Karen Ordahl Kupperman refocuses our understanding of encounters between English venturers and Algonquians all along the East Coast of North America in the early years of contact and settlement. All parties in these dramas were uncertain--hopeful and fearful--about the opportunity and challenge presented by new realities. Indians and English both believed they could control the developing relationship. Each group was curious about the other, and interpreted through their own standards and traditions. At the same time both came from societies in the process of unsettling change and hoped to derive important lessons by studying a profoundly different culture. These meetings and early relationships are recorded in a wide variety of sources. Native people maintained oral traditions about the encounters, and these were written down by English recorders at the time of contact and since; many are maintained to this day. English venturers, desperate to make readers at home understand how difficult and potentially rewarding their enterprise was, wrote constantly of their own experiences and observations and transmitted native lore. Kupperman analyzes all these sources in order to understand the true nature of these early years, when English venturers were so fearful and dependent on native aid and the shape of the future was uncertain" -- Publisher's description
Settling with the Indians : the meeting of English and Indian cultures in America, 1580-1640 by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

13 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America in European consciousness, 1493-1750( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For review see: Stephen J. Homick, in The Hispanic Historical Review (HAHR), vol. 77, no. 1 (February 1997); p. 78-80
Major problems in American colonial history : documents and essays( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on topics in US history
The Atlantic in world history by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Europeans began to move into the Atlantic in the late fifteenth century, first encountering islands and then two continents across the sea, they initiated a process that revolutionized the lives of people everywhere. American foods enriched their diets. Furs, precious metals, dyes, and many other products underwrote new luxury trades, and tobacco became the first consumer craze as the price plummeted with ever-enlarging production. Much of the technology that made new initiatives, such as sailing out of sight of land, possibly drew on Asian advances that came into Europe through North Africa. Sugar and other crops came along the same routes, and Europeans found American environments ideal for their cultivation. Leaders along the African coast controlled the developing trade with Europeans, and products from around the Atlantic entered African life. As American plantations were organized on an industrial scale, they became voracious consumers of labor. American Indians, European indentured servants, and enslaved Africans were all employed, and over time slavery became the predominant labor system in the plantation economies. Atlantic exchange opened new possibilities. All around the ocean, states that had been marginal to the main centers in the continents' interiors now found themselves at the forefront of developing trades with the promise of wealth and power. European women and men whose prospects were circumscribed at home saw potential in emigration. Economic aspirations beckoned large numbers, but also, in the maelstrom following the Reformation, others sought the chance to worship as they saw fit. Many saw their hopes dashed, but some succeeded as they had desired. Ultimately, as people of African and European descent came to predominate in American populations, they broke political ties to Europe and reshaped transatlantic relationships. -- Book cover
Providence Island, 1630-1641 : the other Puritan colony by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thoroughly researched account of attempt by English Protestants to establish colony on Old Providence Island (Santa Catalina, off the coast of Nicaragua). Planted in 1630, colony failed to prosper for reasons author develops with clarity and erudition, and was wiped out by the Spanish in 1641. Failure, of course, did not end British interest in the Caribbean or in the Central American coast. Major work"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
Captain John Smith : a select edition of his writings by John Smith( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents an imaginative selection and thematic arrangement of Captain John Smith's most important writings. The goal is to make Smith accessible to scholars, students, and general readers alike. The editor's introductory material and notes clarify Smith's meaning and the context in which he wrote, while the selections are large enough to allow Captain Smith to speak for himself
A true and exact history of the island of Barbados by Richard Ligon( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ligon's True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados is the most significant book-length English text written about the Caribbean in the seventeenth century. [It] allows one to see the contested process behind the making of the Caribbean sugar/African slavery complex. Kupperman is one of the leading scholars of the early modern Atlantic world. ... I cannot think of any scholar better prepared to write an Introduction that places Ligon, his text, and Barbados in an Atlantic historical context. The Introduction is quite thorough, readable, and accurate; the notes [are] exemplary!".-Susan
American centuries : the ideas, issues, and values that shaped U.S. history( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans have created the most dynamic, distinctive, and diverse nation in the world in the five centuries since the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Each of these five centuries has witnessed momentous changes and possesses its own unique character and historical identity. American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Values That Shaped U.S. History covers the nation's narrative in its entirety, devoting one volume to each century. By offering substantive articles that analyze foundational topics and themes connecting all five centuries, this five-volume reference allows readers to follow the growth, impact, and evolution of every major issue in U.S. history across 500 years ... Volume One: 16th Century focuses on Native American life on the eve of European contact and on early exploration and settlement. Volume Two: 17th Century focuses on life in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, New Mexico, and other colonies and the establishment of European- and African-American institutions. Volume Three: 18th Century focuses on the growing wealth, diversity, and population of the American colonies, rising tensions with Great Britain, the onset of the American Revolution, the establishment of the United States, and the creation of the Constitution and a new national government. Volume Four: 19th Century focuses on western expansion and the disruption of American Indian life, the spread and conflict over slavery and the Civil War, the creation of the two-party system and extension of suffrage, and the growth of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration. Volume Five: 20th Century focuses on the nation's rise as a world power and global leader in trade and technology; the growth of suburbanization, immigration, and an advanced economy; and the experience of two world wars and the Civil Rights movement."--Page [4] of covers
North America and the beginnings of European colonization by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America in European consciousness : 1493-1750( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The colonization of North America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the colonization of North America, from the European situations that encouraged migration to America, to the adventurous explorers and settlers and their quests for riches or religious freedom, to the friendships and conflict between the colonists and Native Americans
Calendar of state papers, colonial : North America and the West Indies, 1574-1739 by Great Britain( )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and Multiple languages and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our earliest colonial settlements, their diversities of origin and later characteristics by Charles McLean Andrews( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1933, Our Earliest Colonial Settlements describes in clear and engaging prose the origins, development, and transatlantic nature of the seventeenth-century English colonies in Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maryland. Far ahead of his time in arguing that America's colonial experience could only be understood within the broader history of European colonization, Charles M. Andrews anticipated much of the current scholarship on American colonial history and its place in the Atlantic World. -- from back cover
Papers relating to the Providence Island Company and colony, 1630-1641 by Karen Ordahl Kupperman( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New perspectives on Jamestown( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"400 years ago, the English established their first permanent settlement in the New World at Jamestown. The resulting clash of cultures changed the world forever ... This five part radio series examines the myths, mysteries and leagcies of the Jamestown Settlement"--Publisher's web site
Crossing the Sound: Negotiating Long Island's East End during the seventeenth century by Faren Rhea Siminoff( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1637 the Pequots were defeated after a short but brutal military engagement with the fledgling English colonies on the southern New England mainland. Their defeat led to a rapid overturn of the region's established status quo and an intensification of the already existing competition between the region's major contestants, the Dutch, English and Ninnimissinuok. In particular the Long Island Sound sub-region, its islands and resources that were so important to the growing fur trade became the object of intense competition and transformed this district into a true international arena. This study examines the variety of interests and agendas which informed the struggle for the Long Island Sound area by specifically considering the history of the eastern end of Long Island, one of the most important areas within the Sound sub-region. Critical to this on-going clash of interests were the modes of operation these competitors used to impose their divergent interests and agendas on the East End. Initially, of course, these competing groups, native and settler alike, attempted to attain their goals by using their respective traditional modes of operation. However, since no one group initially dominated this region, the East End became an arena in which all groups had to adjust their traditional modes of operation to attain their goals. The result was that all groups, settler and native alike had to adjust their respective modes of operations in order to function and attain their goals. In the process new practices were implemented which ultimately became hallmarks of American colonial life
The Princeton companion to Atlantic history by Joseph Calder Miller( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, the connections among Africa, the Americas, and Europe transformed world history—through maritime exploration, commercial engagements, human migrations and settlements, political realignments and upheavals, cultural exchanges, and more. This book, the first encyclopedic reference work on Atlantic history, takes an integrated, multicontinental approach that emphasizes the dynamics of change and the perspectives and motivations of the peoples who made it happen. The entries—all specially commissioned for this volume from an international team of leading scholars—synthesize the latest scholarship on central themes, including economics, migration, politics, war, technologies and science, the physical environment, and culture.Part one features five major essays that trace the changes distinctive to each chronological phase of Atlantic history. Part two includes more than 125 entries on key topics, from the seemingly familiar viewed in unfamiliar and provocative ways (the Seven Years' War, trading companies) to less conventional subjects (family networks, canon law, utopias).This is an indispensable resource for students, researchers, and scholars in a range of fields, from early American, African, Latin American, and European history to the histories of economics, religion, and science.The first encyclopedic reference on Atlantic historyFeatures five major essays and more than 125 alphabetical entriesProvides essential context on major areas of change:Economies (for example, the slave trade, marine resources, commodities, specie, trading companies)Populations (emigrations, Native American removals, blended communities)Politics and law (the law of nations, royal liberties, paramount chiefdoms, independence struggles in Haiti, the Hispanic Americas, the United States, and France)Military actions (the African and Napoleonic war
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Karen Ordahl Kupperman Amerikaans historica

Karen Ordahl Kupperman Historian

Kupperman, Karen 1939-

Kupperman, Karen O.

Kupperman, Karen O. 1939-

Ordahl Kupperman, Karen

Ordahl Kupperman, Karen 1939-

Roanoke, the abandoned colonyIndians and English : facing off in early AmericaAmerica in European consciousness, 1493-1750Major problems in American colonial history : documents and essaysProvidence Island, 1630-1641 : the other Puritan colonyCaptain John Smith : a select edition of his writingsA true and exact history of the island of BarbadosAmerican centuries : the ideas, issues, and values that shaped U.S. history