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June 19, 2007

Noted historian signs new book June 22 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®

Author Susan Dunn will sign her new book “Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia” at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®, 101B Visitor Center Dr., 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

“Dominion of Memories” documents the once powerful and influential region of Virginia during America’s early years and its decline as the northern states gained more economic and political power. Dunn chronicles the region’s attempts at reform in an effort to thwart this development, all of which were unsuccessful. She attributes this change to the political trend moving away from nationalism toward states’ right after the presidencies of Washington, Jefferson and Madison.

“Virginia at the time of the Revolution was the most powerful state in the Union, producing many of the founders of the new nation. Over the next several decades how could it have fallen so far so fast? In this remarkable work of history, Susan Dunn has related this tragic decline with a cold eye and clear prose,” said Gordon Wood, professor of history at Brown University and senior trustee of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Dunn is a professor of humanities at Williams College in Massachusetts; this is her second publication with Basis Books. Her first book, “Something That Will Surprise the World: The Essential Writings of the Founding Fathers,” also can be found at Booksellers. “Dominion of Memories” retails for $27.50 in hardcover.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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