FC 71 Cambridge Cameos with Roger Thompson

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Roger Thompson, author of the book Cambridge Cameos: Stories of Life in 17th Century New England.

Roger is our first Fieldstone Common guest to make a second appearance on the show. He first appeared discussing his book From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692. Roger lives in England so when he was visiting the United States this past summer I took advantage of fitting in a second interview with him.

This interview is a little different. It is not done in a studio but recorded live at his summer Cambridge Cameos with Roger Thomoson on Fieldstone Commonresidence in the very busy, bustling and noisy city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. So we will have some ambiance noise from this city in the background of the interview. I hope you won’t find that too distracting. It seems fitting somehow that we spoke in the heart of Cambridge since our discussion centered on the early history of that city.

Bio

Roger Thompson is emeritus professor of American Colonial History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

In addition to From Deference to Defiance, Roger Thompson has written:

Book Summary

Cambridge Cameos contains forty-four sketches from the period 1651 to 1686 that combine good stories, intriguing personalities, and incidents involving mostly ordinary Cambridge people. They are based on thousands of original documents; virtually all primary sources with any bearing on the early history of Cambridge. Drawing on his vast knowledge of Middlesex County families and on his equally vast experience in the town and court records of that county, Roger Thompson has composed a number of delightful vignettes of early residents of the town of Cambridge. He provides us with a rare opportunity to hear these early New Englanders speak for themselves and to experience seventeenth-century life as directly as possible.

Book Info Cambridge Cameos: Stories of Life in Seventeenth-Century New England

Title: Cambridge Cameos: Stories of Life in 17th Century New England

Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2005)

Trade paperback; 355 pages with 2 appendices, footnotes notes, and an index.

Cambridge Cameos is available for purchase from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview Roger and I dive into all the fascinating aspects of life in the 1600s in Cambridge from the unusual ways people paid for their Harvard tuition to the culture of discipline and why female healers were often accused of witchcraft.

Prize Winners

Two copies of Cambridge Cameos were given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The winners are:

  • Jean Smoorenburg of Texas
  • Cynthia Bishop of Virginia

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for their generosity in donating the books!

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8 Aug. 2013 at 1pm EDT Roger Thompson From Deference to Defiance with Roger ThompsonStep 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.
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From Deference to Defiance is now a Podcast!

Podcast now availableThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Roger Thompson discussing his book From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692 is now available as a podcast.

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Show Notes: From Deference to Defiance with Roger Thompson

Roger ThompsonHere are some items that were mentioned during the 8 August 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Roger Thompson about his book From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), is available for purchase from NEHGS, Amazon.com and other booksellers.

From Deference to Defiance focuses on the history of Charlestown during this early critical time period. This comprehensive work covers topics such as where Charlestown residents originated in England, land issues, its relationship to the sea with a strong shipping industry, women, church, violence and the Glorious Revolution. Much of the content is presented in the form of case studies giving an up-front personal look at individual residents of Charlestown. At first glance you might think this is simply a book about Charlestown, Massachusetts. In reality, it’s a primer on understanding colonial New Englanders in the 1600s. Every 17th century scholar, researcher and genealogist should read this book.

In addition to From Deference to Defiance, Roger Thompson has written:

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the publisher of From Deference to Defiance: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Massachusetts and California. A big thank you to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for their generosity.

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).