Friday, July 21, 2017

Excerpts in History from UVA Professor's Book

The following excerpts are from the first part of "The American Colonies: The Settling of North America," Alan Taylor, Penguin Books, 2001. 
 
         "By 1616 the Virginia Company had transported more than seventeen hundred people to the Chesapeake and spent well over  50,000 pounds - an immense amount for that century - yet all it had to show for the investment was an unprofitable town of 350 diseased and hungry colonists."

           "Ahead of his time, King James fought a losing battle when he denounced smoking as "a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, [and] dangerous to the lungs." Eventually he learned to love the large revenues that the crown derived from taxing tobacco imports." 

            "An elitist, Berkeley did not truck with radical notions like freedom of the press or public education for common people.  In 1671 he declared, "I thank God, there are no free schools  nor printing [in Virginia], and I hope we shall not have these [for a] hundred years for learning has brought disobedience and heresy...into the world, and printing has divulged them, and libels against the best government.  God keep us from both!" 

             "Before 1670, planters developed no systematic legal code to regulate slaves, because they were so few."