Teaching Resources for Your Classroom
Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality
materials to assist you in teaching eighteenth-century life, including:
Hands-on History Kit
Eighteenth-century women tied on their pockets and reached through slits in their petticoats to retrieve the personal items they kept there. This lady's pocket contains a fan, sewing implements (needle case and wax animal), coins (pieces of eight), a seal and wax, Aesop's Fables playing cards, and a receipt.
Grades 3-8. $99.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email [email protected].
OUR COMMON PASSAGE (DVD)
This compelling one-woman drama depicts the lives of four women against the dramatic backdrop of colonial America in the days before and during the American Revolution.
Special DVD features:
Colonial Clothing: The Dress of Eighteenth Century America (17 mins)
About Colonial Williamsburg: Tour Our Town (8 mins)
Grades 8-12, 38 minutes, $19.99. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email [email protected].
REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS: WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE
by Carol Berkin
The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American, and Carol Berkin shows us that women played a vital role throughout the struggle. Berkin takes us into the ordinary moments of extraordinary lives. We see women boycotting British goods in the years before independence, writing propaganda that radicalized their neighbors, raising funds for the army, and helping finance the fledgling government. We see how they managed farms, plantations, and businesses while their men went into battle, and how they served as nurses and cooks in the army camps, risked their lives seeking personal freedom from slavery, and served as spies, saboteurs, and warriors. This book is a recapturing of the experiences of ordinary women who lived in extraordinary times, and a fascinating addition to our understanding of the birth of our nation.
Paperback, 194 pages, $16.00. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2005. Available for order in the Williamsburg Marketplace.