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Program 2: English Settlement/New England and Virginia
Donald L. Miller and Pauline Maier
Miller: And like Pauline said, you throw up a question, like Virginia
versus Massachusetts. You know, you have Englishmen settling both places, but
they're different places...
The American character. How and when does it emerge?
Two distinct American types, New England and Virginia. But wait a minute.
Inside Virginia, there's all kinds of different types as well. Indentured
servants, slaves, the intermixing thereof.
Maier: In the 17th century in Virginia, women were dying in their 30s,
men in their 40s. Whereas in New England, the men were living into their 60s
and 70s, and the wives living also into old age. What's the difference between
Miller: I see all this and I get a headache, because I think how the
hell are we going to do this? [laughter]
Maier: One way of doing it is not simply by giving answers, but asking
Miller: Today on A Biography of America, "The Evolving American