1776 by Karen Kostyal


A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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Renda’s bright color photographs of a squeaky-clean Colonial Williamsburg—the living history museum—belie the serious intent of this fine volume, which portrays 18th-century Williamsburg as more of a multicultural and fluid society than previously thought. Though the popular image of the gentry with their powdered wigs and fancy houses is true, so is the fact that over half of the city’s population was slaves, “with families, traditions, and dreams of their own.” The photo-essay is a clearly written and concise portrait of revolutionary Williamsburg, determined not to leave African Virginians, Indians and women out of the picture. The straightforward presentation, brief chapters and vivid photographs, along with a look at recent archaeological discoveries, make this an important volume for libraries and classrooms. A more extensive bibliography, especially with materials for young readers, would be useful, but this is another fine work in the “A New Look at” series, which includes the excellent 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac, with photographs by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson (2001). (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0517-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: National Geographic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009