Friday, July 30, 2010

Today in History: Jamestown, Virginia

SAVAGE KINGDOM by Benjamin WoolleyOn July 30, 1619, the first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, Virginia.

Students who want to know more about the settlement can turn to Benjamin Woolley’s Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America. Drawing on new discoveries, neglected sources, and manuscript collections scattered across the world, Savage Kingdom challenges the textbook image of Jamestown—revealing instead a reckless, daring enterprise led by outcasts of the Old World who found themselves interlopers in a new one.

And, for another look at this time period in America, Dr. Paula Gunn Allen offers a bold biography of Pochahontas that is a striking contrast to conventional accounts.

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