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4 trips through early americans Mary Rowlandson, Sarah Kemble Knight, William Byrd II, and Dr. Alexander Hamilton recount the vibrant actual and mental demanding situations of colonial lifestyles. crucial fundamental texts within the learn of early American cultural existence, they're now with ease amassed in one quantity.

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In Stephens County, the Reynolds family had neighbors, the Matthews family, whose lives would be intertwined with their own. With a southern care for kinship, Reynolds notes that the father of the family was from Alabama and “knew my mother’s people there” (10). The two families eventually settled a little west of Stephens County, in the Clear Fork area, and the number of unions was remarkable. When Matthews describes the wedding of her youngest brother, Phineas, to Roseannah Matthews in 1883, she seems astonished: “This was an unusual union of two families: two pairs of sisters, first cousins to each other, married to my four brothers, and I married to the only brother of one pair of sisters” (155).

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