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April 27, 2007

CW reissues acclaimed book on the Revolution in Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg announces the release of the first paperback edition of John E. Selby’s “The Revolution in Virginia: 1775 – 1783,” originally published in 1988. Selby was William E. Pullen Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. He died in 2001.

The paperback edition includes a new foreword by Don Higginbotham, Dowd Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “This well-researched, readable volume should attract a new generation of both historians and general readers,” writes Higginbotham.

In the preface, Selby describes his book as “a political, administrative and military history of Virginia during the years of the War for American Independence, 1775 to 1783,” and adds that “Virginia was more united in support of the Revolution than any other state in the rebellion.”

The hardcover edition of the book received superb reviews both from scholarly journals and popular newspapers when it was first released 19 years ago. A review in the William and Mary Quarterly noted, “The Revolution in Virginia . . . merits the careful attention of all students of the American Revolution.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote, “Regardless of how familiar you are – or think you are – with this period, Selby has new insights to offer…Selby is a historian and scholar, but he finds the humanity in the story.” The Virginian-Pilot called the book “A triumphant combination of solid research expressed in felicitous prose.

“The Revolution in Virginia: 1775 – 1783” is published by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “The book will give guests who are excited about their Revolutionary City experience an opportunity to delve into the subject in detail,” said Joseph N. Rountree, director of publications for the foundation.

The book is available at WILLIAMBSBURG® Booksellers in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center or on the Web at for $19.95. The book is distributed outside Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area by the University of Virginia Press.

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
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