From Deference to Defiance with Roger Thompson

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This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Roger Thompson, author of From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692.

Step back in time to discover the people, the customs and the history of Charlestown, Massachusetts from its earliest years. From Deference to Defiance explores the conflicts and interactions of early settlers and brings them to life in a way that is often difficult during this time period. Much of the text is extracted from early court records whose tales are not only re-told but interpreted and put into the proper context for the time period.

Roger Thompson is emeritus profes­sor of American Colonial History at the University of East Anglia, Nor­wich, England. His earlier works include Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649–1699 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986), Divided We Stand: Watertown 1630–80 (Am­herst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), and Cambridge Cam­eos: Stories of Life in Seventeenth-Century New England (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Soci­ety, 2005).

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