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Dive into a great book about Early American history, including books about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other prominent figures in Colonial American history.

  • Restoring Williamsburg book by Colonial Williamsburg publications | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Restoring Williamsburg book by Colonial Williamsburg publications | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Restoring Williamsburg

    From our fascinating and highly readable best-selling classic, Williamsburg Before and After to our revised and expanded edition, Restoring Williamsburg combines the history of a major restoration bringing the story up to present. Sheds new...
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  • Hero of Two Worlds | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Hero of Two Worlds | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Hero of Two Worlds

    From the bestselling author of The Storm Before the Storm and host of the Revolutions podcast comes the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality. "Few in history can match the...
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  • America's Forgotten Colonial History | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    America's Forgotten Colonial History

    From the publisher: "This is what we all learned in school: Pilgrims on the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. They had a rough start, but ultimately made a go of it, made friends with the Indians, and celebrated with a big Thanksgiving dinner...
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  • First Principles | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    First Principles

    In First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks offers a revelatory book about the...
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  • A History of Tea | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    A History of Tea

    As the world's most popular beverage, tea has fascinated us, awakened us, motivated us, and calmed us for well over two thousand years. A History of Tea tells the compelling story of the rise of tea in Asia and its eventual spread to the West and beyond...
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  • Inventing the Flag | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Inventing the American Flag

    With gorgeous four-color reproductions of an amazing array of art from diverse cultures and eras, Inventing the American Flag explores the symbolism of the national flag and investigates why the founding fathers chose the images they did to represent the...
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  • Bricks: Now and Then | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Bricks: Now and Then

    “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Buildings made of brick are found in very different epochs and cultures all over the world. Always astonishing, the qualities of...
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  • American Stories by Paul Aron | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    American Stories

    American Stories by Paul Aron follows the evolution of our founding stories and myths and how they spread far and wide throughout our history. The story of the cherry tree, for example, tells us nothing about George Washington’s actual...
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  • Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity

    When hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters strike, we count our losses, search for causes, commiserate with victims, and initiate relief efforts. Amply illustrated and expansively researched, Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity...
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  • Peyton Randolph and Revolutionary Virginia | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Peyton Randolph and Revolutionary Virginia

    In 1763, King George III’s government adopted a secret policy to reduce the American colonies to "due subordinance" and exploit them. This brought on the American Revolution. In Virginia, there was virtually unanimous agreement that...
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  • Founding Mothers | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Founding Mothers

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families–and...
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  • Revolutionary Brothers | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Revolutionary Brothers

    Steeped in primary sources, Revolutionary Brothers casts fresh light on the remarkable, often complicated, friendship of two extraordinary men - the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. As Lafayette opened doors in Paris and Versailles...
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  • The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings - front cover The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings - hardcover

    The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings

    The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings is part of the Leather-bound Classics series and is a collection of the crucial documents, speeches, and other writings that shaped the United States. In addition to the Constitution, readers can review the...
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  • Hidden History of Civil War Williamsburg | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg Hidden History of Civil War Williamsburg

    Hidden History of Civil War Williamsburg

    Each year, thousands of visitors from around the country visit the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's re-created 18th-century capital of Virginia to learn about the past and walk where the Founding Fathers walked. The fact that the same ground was later...
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  • The Journal of Major George Washington

    The Journal of Major George Washington

    In 1753, Virginia Governor Dinwiddie appointed 21-year-old Major George Washington to a delicate mission - deliver a letter to the local French commander demanding that he and his forces leave British Territory and bargain for support with the local...
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  • Quest for a Cure

    Quest for a Cure

    Erected in 1773, burned in 1885, and now reconstructed, the Public Hospital was the first public facility in colonial America built for the treatment of the mentally ill. This highly readable account of Quest for a Cure gives an overview of the attitudes...
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  • I Am Murdered

    I Am Murdered

    George Wythe was Thomas Jefferson's mentor and friend, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court—and a victim of lethal poisoning. His murder and the trial of his nephew for the killing caused a sensation...
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  • Thomas Jefferson Art of Power

    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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  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard has a long history that predates the United States of America. Founded in 1767 as the Gosport Shipyard, it has been burned and rebuilt three times, once to prevent it from getting into the hands of the newly independent state of...
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  • Yorktown, Virginia: A Brief History

    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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  • Historic Trades

    Historic Trades

    With more than 90 color photos, this charming hardcover book celebrates Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Trades in vivid detail. Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area is home to the largest, most diverse museum-operated trades program in the world. Here...
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  • Colonial Williamsburg the First 75 Years | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg the first 75 years

    This book relates the fascinating story of how the Reverend W. A. R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., went about restoring Virginia's colonial capital. Equally engrossing is the account of how the Williamsburg that visitors see today turned a sleepy...
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  • Physick Medicine in Williamsburg

    Physick Medicine in Williamsburg

    The professional practice of medicine and the methods used to treat patients in colonial Williamsburg between 1740 and 1775 are thoroughly explained. Topics include medical theory, education, treatments, surgery, and brief biographical sketches of...
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  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers - reexamined here as Founding Brothers - combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution...
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  • Civil War Williamsburg

    Civil War Williamsburg

    Williamsburg is known for its central role in the American Revolution. Less known is that the city also played a role in the Civil War, suffering through a bloody battle on its doorstep and a three-year occupation. Featuring a history of wartime,...
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  • Selected Works of Alexander Hamilton Selected Works of Alexander Hamilton

    Selected Works of Alexander Hamilton

    The vital words of Alexander Hamilton, including essays, private correspondence, and public statements. Alexander Hamilton is best known as the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury and the author of the majority of The Federalist Papers, a...
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