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  • Pen to Paper
    Frankfort Advice
    As the delegates from Massachusetts approached Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress, they stopped in Frankford, Pennsylvania for a rest. It was during this rest stop a conversation took place which later became a pivotal moment in...
  • Plains of Abraham
    Days that changed America: Quebec (1759)
    Many Americans enjoyed being part of the British Empire. The British established their first North American colony in 1607. Over the next century and a half, Britain competed with France over global empire. That struggle led to a series of wars...
  • Landing at Jamestown
    Days that changed America: the first Africans arrive (1619)
    The first Africans arrived in America in 1619. However, their status relied on their class at first. Essentially, the first Africans were treated the same as lower class whites. This slowly changed over the course of the seventeenth century as the...
  • Pattison and Original Death
    Original Death by Eliot Pattison brings colonial America to life
    In the third installment of The Bone Rattler series, Duncan McCallum and his companion Conawago go in search of Conawago’s long lost nephew. What they find instead is a scene of terrible death with men, women, and children murdered. No...
  • Seal of New Hampshire
    Meshech Weare was colonial New Hampshire’s tower of strength
    The youngest of 14 children, Meshech Weare was born on June 16, 1713 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. The son of Nathaniel Weare and Mary Waite, Meshech graduated from Harvard College in 1735 and soon afterwards discovered his heart had been...
  • Fireworks on the Fourth of July
    We've come a long way since the colonists powdered up more than their wigs
    Women in Colonial America wore hardly any makeup at all. On the flip side Frenchwomen purposely wore makeup that reflected their social status. Europeans who traveledto the United States often noticed the natural appearance of American women. But...
  • The Pioneer's Thanksgiving
    A Pioneer’s Thanksgiving
    The late 1700’s/early 1800’s saw the beginnings of Thanksgiving spreading through the colonies. It was the biggest holiday of the year, predating Christmas in New England. Christmas did not arrive at the northern colonies until circa...
  • Yamasee Village
    Yamasee Indians almost destroyed Colony of South Carolina
    A reader from Charleston, SC wrote the Examiner with this question about Native American history:Dear Mr. Thornton: In a Southern Colonial History class this semester we studied the Yamasee War. My professor said that the ethnicity of the Yamasee...
  • Inventing a Nation
    Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson by Gore Vidal
    I've always been interested in early American history. So I decided to add some nonfiction books to my 100 books in 1 year reading challenge for 2012. The first nonfiction title that I read from this list was Inventing a Nation: Washington,...
  • Pinecones
    Pineapples and Hospitality
    Every year during the Christmas holidays in Richmond and Colonial Williamsburg doors and windows are decorated with natural foliage, cedar, holly, pinecones, berries and pineapples. Oops, did we say pineapples?It is true that pineapples have...
  • American Heritage Chocolate Demo
    Breakfast of history and chocolate
    Typically when I think of American history I don't really think about chocolate. This is not the case for the good people of the Historic Division of MARS, Incorporated. Searching out the true history of chocolate and getting the facts to us...
  • Bill Maher
    Bill Maher insults Founders and Tea-partiers
    Bill Maher known as host of Politically Incorrect from 1993 to 2002 and who now hosts HBO'sReal Time With Bill Maher is an established comic that is seriously liberal in politics. He has been nominated for 20+ Emmy Awards.Working at a "...
  • Tom J 1
    Free Colonial America photos and online resources
    Chesapeake students preparing for end of nine weeks exams aren’t alone. Pupils across Hampton Roads are taking tests which educators and parents will help prepare them for the SOL tests in May and June.Studying and review don’t have to...
  • Colonial Wms 1
    Colonial America resources online
    Students in Suffolk, Virginia and other locations in Hampton Roads are gearing up for third nine weeks testing. Plenty of online resources make studying about Colonial America both fun and profitable. Check into the following:Try a time machine...
  • Obituary of Patrick Carr 1770
    The American Revolutionary Era Part II
    Following the French and Indian War, the British passed a series of controversial laws. The first blow to American liberty came in 1763. The Proclamation of 1763 forbid American settlers from traveling west of the Appalachian Mountains. London...