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Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, Patricia and Frederick McKissack  (Scholastic Inc., 2002).  Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the South just before the Civil War.  RL5.4
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...If You Lived in Colonial Times, Ann McGovern (Scholastic Inc., 1992).  Tells you what it was like to live in the New England colonies during the years 1565 to 1776.  RL4.1


Mary Geddy's Day: A Colonial Girl in Williamsburg, Kate Waters (Scholastic Inc., 2002).  A fictionalized account of one day in the life of a colonial girl in Colonial Williamsburg on the day that the colony of Virginia cast its vote for independence from Great Britain.  RL3.7


Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy, Kate Waters (Scholastic Inc., 1996).  Text and photographs follow a six-year-old Pilgrim boy through a busy day during the spring harvest in 1627: doing chores, getting to know his Wampanoag Indian neighbors, and spending time with his family.  RL4
  Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England, William Cronon, (1983).


  The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from the European Contract Through the Era of Removal, James H. Merrell, (1989).


  Good Wives, Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, (1982).


  Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America, Patricia U. Bonomi, (1986).


  The Protestant Temperament: Patterns of Child-Rearing, Religious Experience, and the Self in Early America, Philip Geven, (1977).


  The World They Made Together: Black and White Values in Eighteenth-Century Virginia, Mechal Sobel, (1987).


  The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840, Jack Larkin, (1998).


American studies professor John Michael Vlach has created this online exhibition using images of plantation buildings from the Library of Congress and linking them with the testimonies of former slaves recorded during the 1930s.


Under Spanish protection, slaves who has escaped form colonial South Carolina built Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose, on the eastern edge of a marsh, 2 miles north of St. Augustine, Florida.  Archaeologists rediscovered the site of the early free black community, and it is being made into an exhibition.


Colonial Williamsburg
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