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March 2, 2007

CW's vice president of research signs most recent book at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®

James Horn, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president of research and the Abby and George O’Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, will sign copies of his highly acclaimed book, “A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®, located at 101B Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, Va.

“A Land as God Made It” depicts the challenges the early colonists faced in their struggle to found a settlement, including the interactions between Captain John Smith and the native Powhatan tribe. Horn emphasizes how the tensions of this time, such as Jamestown’s introduction of slavery to the New World, would have great significance for America’s later history.

Copies of his earlier works, “Adapting to a New World: English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake” and “The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic,” also will be available.

In addition to writing books, Horn recently worked as editor on the latest volume in the Library of America series, “Captain John Smith: Writings with Other Narratives of Roanoke, Jamestown, and the First English Settlement of America.” This 1,344-page release should arrive at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® in March and retails for $45.

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. 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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