17th century

Jamestown: Hands-on Projects about One of America's First Communities

By Jennifer Quasha

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An introduction to the first English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, with step-by-step instructions for a variety of related projects including a topographical map of the settlement, a model Jamestown house, and wooden spoon puppets.

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African-Americans in the Colonies

By Jean Kinney Williams

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Contents: Jamestown, Virginia, 1621 -- Slavery becomes an American institution -- Recreating Africa in America -- Freedom at any cost -- Liberty, but not for all.

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The U.S. History Cookbook: Delicious Recipes and Exciting Events from the Past

By Joan D'Amico, Karen Eich Drummond

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Chapters discuss different time periods in American history, focusing on typical foods and cooking styles. Includes recipes for such dishes as pumpkin bread, Virginia ham with cherry sauce, and buckwheat griddle cakes.

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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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The Powhatan: A Confederacy of Native American Tribes

By Tracey Boraas

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Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Powhatan people, tracing their customs, family life, history, culture, and relations with the United States government.

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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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Life of the Powhatan

By Rebecca Sjonger & Bobbie Kalman

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Discusses the Powhatan, their daily activities, customs, family life, religion, and the story of Pocahontas.

 

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John Smith Escapes Again!

By Rosalyn Schanzer

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Long before Harry Houdini thrilled the world with his impossible deeds, America had produced an escape artist whose biography reads like an adventure novel. Many readers will know John Smith as the man rescued from death by Pocahontas, but Smith's story included a series of fantastic episodes: escape from imprisonment, ambush by Indians, attacks by ruthless sea pirates, and more escapades than seem possible in one life.
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Pocahontas: Princess of the New World

By Kathleen Krull

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She was the favored daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl in motion; always laughing, teasing, and dancing. But from the moment John Smith and the colonists of Jamestown set foot into her world in 1607, her life would change forever. She soon became an ambassador and peace keeper between the Powhatan and the colonists. Because of her curiosity and courage, Pocahontas became the bridge between the two worlds.
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A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History

By Michael Farquhar

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Michael Farquhar ransacked the archives to rescue 30 almost-famous Americans from the dust bin of obscurity. These colorful figures range from Mayflower Murderer John Billington (1624) to Dick Fosbury, father of the "Flop" (1968).
Also available to download as an audiobook.
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