History Books

George III: A Personal History

By Christopher Hibbert

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A more thorough and evenhanded examination of George III's character than Americans usually see. An early chapter is devoted to an exploration of George III's father, Prince Frederick. Also available on audiocassette.

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The Winter Soldiers

By Richard M. Ketchum

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The classic account of the dark, early days of the Revolutionary War and the campaigns of 1776.

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The Day is Ours! An Inside View of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, November 1776 - January 1777

By William M. Dwyer

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A wonderful account based on the actual words and writings of the men who lived through those famed battles.

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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy

By Annette Gordon-Reed

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Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of law, doesn't take a position for or against the proposition that Sally and Jefferson had a loving relationship. However, Gordon-Reed has strong evidence that they could have had a long relationship.

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The Wolf by the Ears: Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

By John Chester Miller

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Chapters include Slaves and Revolution in Virginia, Racial Inferiority, Blacks and Indians, Jefferson as a Slavemaster, and Sally Hemings.

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The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson

By William Howard Adams

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As envoy for the new nation, Jefferson found great intellectual stimulation among the Parisian intellectuals during his five years there which was to translate into an enlightened idealism for the United States. Drawn from original source material and includes references to the women in Jefferson's life.

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Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery and the Louisiana Purchase

By Roger Kennedy

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Jefferson's dream of filling the land he purchased with independent farmers was not to be realized. Much of the land would be worked by slaves, solidifying the institution's hold on the new nation. Kennedy, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, has also used interesting yet obscure historical characters to add depth to his story.

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The Jefferson Scandals: A Rebuttal

By Virginius Dabney

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A book that argues against Thomas Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings.

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Fredericksburg

By De'Onne C. Scott

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The author drew on her local knowledge and extensive collection of postcards to give a lively and unique view of the city's past.

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Houses Virginians Have Loved

By Agnes Rothery

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Old house lovers, rejoice! This classic from the 1950s gives a friendly tour of some of Virginia's most historic houses, many of which were built in the Georgian style.

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