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Review: The Revolutionary War Lives and Letters of Lucy and Henry Knox by Phillip Hamilton

See my review at the Journal of the American Revolution!

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Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead tells the story of 15 year old Cora, who runs away from a Georgia Plantation to obtain her freedom. Whitehead never actually tells us the date, but it is before the Civil War...California is mentioned a few times, and CA received statehood in 1850, so we can assume… Continue reading Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a YA novel detailing Philadelphia's 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic. Being in Philadelphia, I have heard about this particular epidemic...every time I walk past Washington Square Park I think about it, as well as the Revolutionary soldiers buried there. In the 18th Century, however, this space was called Potter's field.… Continue reading Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Ridley Creek State Park: 18th Century Charm

Ridley Creek State Park is only 15 minutes from my apartment, and holds within it the Colonial Plantation featured in a previous post. With miles of trails to hike, Ridley Creek has many still-occupied 18th century farmhouses (oh how I want one,) as well as ruins of ones that did not survive the ages. The ruins… Continue reading Ridley Creek State Park: 18th Century Charm

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Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie Amazon blurb: From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling… Continue reading Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

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Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne

The Williamsburg area is rich with history - it is called the historic triangle: Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. We didn't get up to Yorktown this time, but we did get a cab down to Jamestown Settlement. The Jamestown museum, Powhatan village re-creation, and Jamestown village rec-reation is actually a different sight from historic Jamestowne (aka… Continue reading Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne

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Colonial Williamsburg – Oct 30 & 31, 2015

You'd think that living on the East Coast my entire life, I would have been to Williamsburg at some point. But no! At 28, I was finally able to go and I absolutely loved it (as expected). I wish I could have spent more time there--and will most definitely go back at some point (we… Continue reading Colonial Williamsburg – Oct 30 & 31, 2015

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238th Anniversary of the Battle of Germantown

Fought October 4, 1777, the Battle of Germantown was one of Washington's final attempts to win back Philadelphia from the British. By the time the Battle of Germantown was fought, Washington's army suffered low morale due to the back to back losses at Brandywine and Paoli (which actually wasn't the full-out massacre the papers of… Continue reading 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Germantown