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By Thomas S. Kidd

Thomas Kidd, a extensively revered pupil of colonial background, deftly bargains either intensity and breadth during this available, introductory textual content at the American Colonial period. Interweaving basic files and new scholarship with a vibrant narrative reconstructing the lives of eu colonists, Africans, and local american citizens and their encounters in colonial North the USA, Kidd bargains clean views on those occasions and the interval as an entire. This compelling quantity is prepared round topics of faith and clash, and exclusive by way of its incorporation of an elevated geographic frame.

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Marshall Hall. Plan of the first floor. Marshall Hall. Plan of the second floor. The later extension did not communicate with the older parts of the house on the second story. Map showing the proximity of Marshall Hall Plantation to the Potomac and to Washington’s Mount Vernon on the opposite bank of the river. It is thought that Marshall arrived as an indentured servant; however, in less than ten years he not only earned his freedom, but also actively began purchasing and selling land of his own.

Front elevation. Colonial proportions and styling are evident. Marshall Hall. Plan of the first floor. Marshall Hall. Plan of the second floor. The later extension did not communicate with the older parts of the house on the second story. Map showing the proximity of Marshall Hall Plantation to the Potomac and to Washington’s Mount Vernon on the opposite bank of the river. It is thought that Marshall arrived as an indentured servant; however, in less than ten years he not only earned his freedom, but also actively began purchasing and selling land of his own.

The National Park Service took over the site in 1974. Subsequently, various laws were passed over the years preserving the Potomac shorelines in and around Washington’s historic estate. Piscataway Park was created and eventually encompassed the Marshall Hall property. On October 16, 1981, the historic master house at Marshall Hall Plantation was destroyed by an arsonist’s fire. Officials found that the barbed-wire fence surrounding the property had been broken into. Besides the house, a Victorian carousel house—the only remnant of the nineteenth-century park structures—was also destroyed in a similar blaze set the same night.

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