Colonial Virginia

The Revolutionary War: A Sourcebook on Colonial America

By edited by Carter Smith

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Describes and illustrates the historical, political, military, social, and cultural aspects of the Revolutionary War through a variety of images created during that period.
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Good Women of a Well-Blessed Land: Women's Lives in Colonial America

By Brandon Marie Miller

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A social history of the American colonial period with a focus on the daily lives of women, including European immigrants, Native Americans, and slaves.

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Projects about Colonial Life

By Marian Broida

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Projects for the northern, middle and southern colonies include: fishnet, hornbook, candle making, building a cradle, hasty pudding (sappawn), a model windmill, writing with a quill pen, Shrewsbury cakes, sewing a pocket, and pieces of eight.

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Prodigy Houses of Virginia: Architecture and the Native Elite

By Barbara Burlison Mooney

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The grand houses created by 18th-century Virginians are a huge tourist draw, but what does their design tell us about the natures of the men who built them?  The auhor "illuminates the fortunes, motivations, and aspirations of the wealthy and powerful owners who built their 'homes'  with the object of securing their status and impressing the public."
Among those included are the houses of Governor Alexander Spotswood, William Fitzhugh, the Lee family of Westmoreland, and Thomas Jefferson. Historians and students of architecture should enjoy this unusual approach to the time period.

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The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America

By Lorri Glover and Daniel Blake Smith

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Anyone interested in Virginia's earliest colonial history ought to get to know the passengers and crew of the Sea Venture. This ship was sent to relieve Jamestown's starving colonists but never made it. The survivors landed on Bermuda, known as the Devil's Isle, where their saga continued. Their story was the inspiration for Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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Brabbling Women: Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia

By Terri L. Snyder

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Outspoken Virginia women left their mark in the proceedings of the colonial courts.  Author Terri Snyder exhumes and examines the circumstances surrounding some cases that touched on women's issues.

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Good Wives, Nasty Wenches & Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia

By Kathleen M. Brown

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A feminist examination of the roles of women of different classes--lower class white, upper class white, slave, and Indian--in colonial Virginia, with much reliance on primary sources.

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Marlborough Point: In the Stream of History

Follow Marlborough Point Road down to the eastern tip of Stafford County, and you will pass by lots of new housing mushrooming into the forests and fields that were once favored by both the Native Americans and colonial settlers.  This section of the county is home to not just centuries of local history but millennia.

If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days

By Barbara Brenner

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More than two hundred years ago, two thousand people lived in the town of Williamsburg, Virginia. This book tells you what it was like to grow up in colonial days, before there was a United States of America.

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1607: A New Look at Jamestown

By Karen E. Lange

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Life in the brand-new Jamestown colony in 1607 wasn't easy. The settlers arrived full of hope-then hard times brought despair. Now the latest archaelogical evidence offers us the clearest glimpse yet of one of the most fascinating chapters in American history.

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