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Colonization and Conflict: 1607 through the American Revolution

The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by

  1. explaining the importance of agriculture and its influence on the institution of slavery;

  2. describing how the culture of colonial Virginia reflected the origins of European (English, Scots-Irish, German) immigrants, Africans, and American Indians;

  3. explaining the reasons for the relocation of Virginia's capital from Jamestown to WIlliamsburg to Richmond;

  4. describing how money, barter, and credit were used;

  5. describing everyday life in colonial Virginia.


Brenner, Barbara.
If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days. New York: Scholastic, 2000.
If you lived in Colonial Williamsburg more than 200 years ago, what would your house look like? What sports and games would you play? This book tells what it was like to live in Williamsburg during colonial times.

Kalman, Bobbie.
A Colonial Town: Williamsburg (The Historic Communities Series).  Crabtree  Publishers, 1992.
This book takes the reader back in time to Colonial Williamsburg and describes  historical buildings, events, and people.

Nixon, Joan.
Ann’s Story: 1747 (Young Americans: Colonial Williamsburg).  Delacorte Press, 2000.
Ann McKenzie lives in Williamsburg with family and friends and recounts her life as a nine year old growing up in a busy household.

Nixon, Joan.
John’s Story: 1775 (Young Americans: Colonial Williamsburg). Delacorte Press, 2000.
Set in 1775, eleven-year-old John Nicholas tells about his life in Colonial Williamsburg at the time when England and the colonists are disagreeing on many issues.

Tripp, Valerie.
Meet Felicity: an American Girl. Pleasant Co., 1991.
In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse that is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.  

Tripp, Valerie.
Changes for Felicity: a Winter Story. Pleasant Co., 1992.  
The outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1775 brings drastic changes to Felicity's life in Williamsburg, affecting both her family and her friendship with Elizabeth.

Waters, Kate.
Mary Geddy's Day. New York:  Scholastic Press, 1999.  
Mary Geddy, a ten-year-old in Williamsburg in 1776, is excited about the colony of Virginia's vote for independence, but sad that her best friend, whose father is loyal to the crown, will be moving back to England.  


The Virginia Historical Society created this Web site based on its long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia: An American Experience. The site features ten easy-to-read, detailed chapters on Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. Additional enhancements, such as 100 downloadable images of artifacts, photographs, paintings, and documents from the collections, Standards of Learning references, chapter outlines, and suggested classroom activities, make this a comprehensive Web site on Virginia history. The site is completely searchable and includes numerous links to other resources on the Web. The Story of Virginia-Online provides teachers, students, scholars, and history enthusiasts with a complete resource for projects, research, and classroom instruction.

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Updated on August 11, 2008.