School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6 A readable style and an attractive format distinguish this colonial history. Description of the early colonists' travailstheir disappointments and deathsare balanced with explanations of Powhatan tribal life and their contributions to and problems with the English intruders in Jamestown. Fradin explores the differences that led to later clashes. In an effort to help readers understand the ensuing problems between the natives and the newcomers, Fradin asks his audience to pretend that they live in an English village in 1607, when a group of Indian warriors take their land without asking permission. In addition to the development of colonial government, the tobacco-based economy, and the degenerating relations with England, Fradin also discusses the injustices of slavery. The Revolutionary War period is emphasized, with special attention to outstanding Virginians. The use of large print and wide margins may indicate a somewhat younger audience, but the frequent use of appropriate historical anecdotes and quotations from original sources will appeal to teachers and students alike. An abundance of well-chosen black-and-white illustrations, reproductions of original documents, and a time-line make this a good purchase where new U.S. historical materials are needed. Miriam B. Hansen, formerly at Eau Claire Public Schools, Wis.
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