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Background History Essays for Teachers

Geology and the Formation of New England

Native American History

The Landscape in the Colonial Period

The Common and the Meeting House

The Wells-Thorn House

Student Background Essay - Relationship between the English, the French, and the Native Peoples at the First Turn of the Century, 1680-1720

Student Background Essay - The English Settlers in Deerfield

Native American Presence in Deerfield, Massachusetts

African-American Presence in Deerfield, Massachusetts

Student Background Essay: Slave Life in 18th Century Deerfield, Massachusetts

The Will of Ebenezer Wells

Changes in Deerfield, Massachusetts Shown on Maps

The Inventory of Ebenezer Wells

Dwellings - The Messages of Houses and Their Contents 1780 - 1820

Student Essay: Gardens in Deerfield, Massachusetts - 18th and 19th Centuries

Printed Materials

Schools and Schoolbooks - 1780-1820

Children's Amusements in the Early Nineteenth Century

Early Nineteenth Century Fashion

Native Americans and African Americans, 1780-1820

Deerfield at the Third Turn, 1880-1920

Student Essay: "Reading" Primary Sources

Death and Dying in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Settlements in the New Land

Notes by Susan McGowan about The Social and Cultural Landscape of 17th Century New England by David Grayson Allen

Primary and Secondary Sources

The Dedham Grant

The 1671 Map Fragment

Deerfield As a Frontier Settlement

Settlement and Occupation of Deerfield

The Deerfield Raid

Captivity Literature

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