Virginia History for Kids

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Williamsburg

By Zachary Kent

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A history of Virginia's colonial capital from its earliest days through its restoration into a major tourist attraction.
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A Colonial Town, Williamsburg

By Bobbie Kalman

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Take part in the founding of Williamsburg, Virginia and its restoration. Travel down its cobblestone streets at a time when Virginia was a colony of England.
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Colonial Williamsburg

By Sandra Steen and Susan Steen

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A look at Colonial Williamsburg, both from the historical point of view and from the viewpoint of its reconstruction so popular with tourists today.
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Mary Geddy's Day: A Day in Colonial Williamsburg

By Kate Waters

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Mary worries that if the colony votes for independence, her best friend will have to go back to England

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Addy's Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today

By Rebecca Sample Bernstein

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Young cooks can learn about cooking in the Civil War era. Through words and pictures, with recipes and instructions, they will learn to make chicken shortcake, collard greens, cornbread, potato salad, lemonade, peach cobbler, pound cake, buttermilk biscuits with gravy, fried apples, and more.

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A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl

By Patricia C. McKissack

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In 1859 twelve-year-old Clotee, a house slave who must conceal the fact that she can read and write, records in her diary her experiences and her struggle to decide whether to escape to freedom.
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In the Hollow of Your Hand: Slave Lullabies

By collected by Alice McGill

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A collection of lullabies orally transmitted by African-American slaves revealing their hardships and sorrows as well as soothing notes of well-being and belief in a better time to come.
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Sojourner Truth: A Voice for Freedom

By Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

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Describes the life of the anti-slavery and women's rights activist, from her beginnings in slavery to her tireless campaign for the rights and welfare of the freedmen.

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Freedom's Wings

By Sharon Dennis Wyeth

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A nine-year-old slave keeps a diary of his journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad in 1857.

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No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

By Doreen Rappaport

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"A man who cannot swim leaps off a slave ship into the dark water. A girl defies the law by secretly learning to read and write. A future abolitionist regains his will to live by fighting off his captor with his bare hands: "I will not let you use me like a brute any longer," Frederick Douglass vows. Drawing from authentic accounts, here is a chronology of resistance in all its forms: comical trickster tales about outwitting "Old Marsa"; secret "hush harbors" where Africans instill Christian worship with their own rituals; and spirituals such as "Go Down Moses," whose coded lyrics signal not just hope for deliverance, but an active call to escape."
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