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America First Hand Robert D Marcus and David Burner Beacon Press 1987 223 pgsThe beginning of the colonial period was full of troubles America First Hand by Robert D Marcus and David Burner is written in distinct detail about several accounts by American colonists that are written and relay what it was like in the colonies during the first couple decades The accounts describe how teenagers men and women all in their own way questioned society religion and government in order to improve themselves and have their own effects on a changing county Marcus and Burner compare and contrast religious political and social issues that were dealt with during the early 1800sThe authors examined the experiences of Hetty Shepard Ben Franklin and Eliza Pickeny Three Americans from very different backgrounds who all had thoughts actions and ideas to better themselves and hopefully better their fellow man and society They show that people should try to better themselves based on his or her own opinions and ideas rather than rely on those of othersMiss Hetty Shepard was a Puritan girl living in New England at the height of colonization and had trouble with the Indians She recorded a diary to describe the days as they went by Also along with her daily acknowledgements Hetty reveals private thoughts and inquires that show her doubts and questions concerning her strict Puritan beliefs Marcus and Burner show passages from a diary written by Hetty Shepard about what some may call the rebellious mind of young woman Based on her writings others may call her the beginning of the independent or republican womenMen of the colonial time period did not have it much easier than women Inventor philosopher printer and ladies man extraordinary Ben Franklin was also considered He was a writerprinter from Philadelphia and a person who was interested in the science of humanity Franklin in the midst of the Age of Enlightenment was a man concerned with his
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