From Deference to Defiance with Roger Thompson

From Deference to Defiance with Roger Thompson on Fieldstone CommonLIVE: THURSDAY, 8 August 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

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 guest on Fieldstone CommonRoger 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).


2 thoughts on “From Deference to Defiance with Roger Thompson

  1. Last year I heard Roger Thompson speak at NEHGS, and he gave a talk on each of his different books. I brought them all to be autographed. He was surprisingly funny and entertaining, and his books are excellent references for genealogists, as well as good reads for anyone interested in history. His tales about digging through courthouse records are wonderful! What a treasure he is to have on your show.

  2. I enjoyed this topic very much. Wonderful stories. I can’t wait for my 2 books I ordered to come in the mail to start reading the other stories about Cambridge and Watertown. Thank you.

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