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  • Why The Turkey Didn't Fly

    Why did the eagle become our national symbol, even though Franklin preferred the turkey? How did Gilbert Stuart's portrait of Washington end up on the dollar bill? What did Betsy Ross really have to do with the flag? Here are the surprising stories...

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  • Amy, Ben and Catalpa the Cat

    Great pictures and lots of action! In this full-color alphabet story in verse, Amy, Ben and Catalpa take children on a fun-filled day in 18th-century Williamsburg. No sooner does a fifer pass Amy and Ben's window than they are off to the fair! During...

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  • Family Bonds: Free Blacks in Virginia

    After a new law in 1806 required freed enslaved persons to leave Virginia and therefore leave their enslaved loved ones, many free African Americans did the unthinkable: returned to slavery. Read about the lives of these brave men, women and children,...

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  • Hamilton: The Revolution

    Hamilton: The Revolution written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, this behind-the-scenes take gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. The book traces the Broadway show's development...

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  • My America: An Owner's Guide

    My America: An Owner’s Guide asks kids to think about fundamental questions about what it really means to be an American. How does America work? Who are "We the People?" And how have the American people shaped our history? Filled with kid-friendly...

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  • Mystery of the Blue-Gowned Ghost

    Teenager Kelly Brennan is spending the summer in Williamsburg with Aunt Alma. Odd occurrences-rustling noises in the night, a portrait that moves around, the scent of lilacs in the air-make Kelly think something strange is going on. Kelly also uncovers...

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  • The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race HERO DVD

    Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople help two teams of students in a race against the clock to help the Continental Army! Quirky "Professor Eddie" highlights how students use their math skills to make shirts, bread, cartridge boxes, and more. Also...

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  • The Swords of George Washington

    The nine known swords owned by George Washington have long fascinated collectors, and now, for the first time, they are all properly illustrated and discussed in the same place. The book presents each weapon in brilliant color and each story in vivid...

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  • Thomas Jefferson Art of Power

    A No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power has been named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham once...

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  • Yorktown, Virginia: A Brief History

    Yorktown's history is often overshadowed by its pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. The site of the British surrender has held several victory commemorations over the past two hundred years. Yorktown also was a thriving colonial port and the site of...

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  • Civil War Ironclads HERO DVD

    In the Civil War, both the Union and the Confederacy raced to build armored, steam-powered warships that were the ancestors of today's navies. Meet the people behind and aboard the "ironclads"&;and relive the famous 1862 battle between the Monitor...

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  • From Ear to Ear

    Powerful and distinctive, improvisational and intricate. The music of Africa calls forth the spirits of the ancestors who greeted the birth of a child and the fruits of the harvest with song. In all things African, there is music. It is the essence of...

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