Colonial Comics – New England 1620-1750 Edited by Jason Rodriguez

I received this book for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Mr. Rodriguez has collected a group of comic book artists and writers who were interested in telling historical stories from the early periods of American colonization.

Story Telling: We have a range of comic strip styles ranging from the more realistic to the more, um, interesting art forms.

Likes: For the most part, these stories were unbiased. This is how history should be seen. We weren’t there, so the best we can do is discuss the policies at the time, without judgment since we don’t know the circumstances.

Dislikes: There was a problem for me at the end of “The Press’s Widow-Elizebeth Glover.” One of the final frames brings up the idea of the wage gap between men and women. Can we use some common sense here? If a company can hire a woman for a fraction of what they would have to pay a man, wouldn’t they keep the costs down by hiring more women? If there is a wage gap then why are women making up to half of the work force? Shouldn’t they be making up more? Yes, Ms. Swyler was trying to compare the way women handled property then and now, it’s just the job aspect didn’t seem to fit.

Favorite Story: I rather enjoyed “This Indian Work.”

Conclusion: It’s pretty hard to find unbiased history books. With very few exceptions, this book pulled it off. Bring this one into your child’s library. Just be ready for the questions, as some of this history isn’t popular anymore.

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