The British Crown merged the English colonies of New England—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—into a single province called the Dominion of New England. The Dominion, headed by a single royal governor, was dissolved in 1689 in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution when English colonists overthrew the royal government and sent Crown representatives back to London.
The Dominion of New England was a single province created by the 1686 merger of the English colonies of New England—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The Dominion was created to give the monarchy greater power over colonial administration, but it was disbanded with the Glorious Revolution and Leisler’s Rebellion in 1689.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is James Duncan Professor of History and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. Professor Ulrich won the Pulitzer Prize for her first book, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. In this lecture, she examines cloth-making in the colonial era in New England as a household industry, how and why cloth from the eighteenth century was preserved during the colonial revival, and why eighteenth-century women marked the cloth they made with their names and other details of their lives.
This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Through a step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.
In this unit students will develop a thorough knowledge of the French and Indian War through several primary documents. These documents will teach the...