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December 21, 2010

New Book Describes 50 Events that Shaped the Nation’s Character

What were the 50 most important events of the colonial and revolutionary era? A new book published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Rowman and Littlefield Publishers surveys the top 50, from the Lost Colony of Roanoke to the passage of the Bill of Rights.

Written by historian Tony Williams, “America’s Beginnings, the Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation’s Character” guides readers throughout the colonies, introducing figures such as John Smith, John Winthrop and the Founding Fathers while also examining the principles that turned subjects of a king into citizens of a free and independent nation.

The book is a part of Colonial Williamsburg’s education for citizenship initiative.

“Tony Williams has produced a succinct, entertaining and informative book on 50 of the key events in early America. Easily accessible to young readers as well as experts, Williams’ narrative is bolstered with spicy quotations and important facts but never loses the big picture that America was . . . and is . . . exceptional.”
– Larry Schweikart, coauthor of “A Patriot’s History of the United States,” a #1 New York Times bestseller.

“‘America’s Beginnings’ breathes new life into many of the people responsible for creating and implementing the fundamental principles and virtues of our republic. . . . Williams’ stories provide a primer on courage, perseverance and optimism that will serve today’s citizens well.” —Michael Hartoonian, scholar in residence at Hamline University.

Williams also wrote “Hurricane of Independence” and “The Pox and the Covenant.” The book is available for $16.95 from Colonial Williamsburg retail stores and from

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