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Alter, Judy, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Compass Point Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The beginnings -- The Virginia Colony -- The founding of Williamsburg -- The General Assembly -- Restoration -- Visiting historic Williamsburg.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 0.5 62146.
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F234.W7 A57 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F234.W7 A57 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Describes the founding and establishment of Williamsburg, Virginia, its history and the city's eventual restoration.

Author Notes

Judy Alter was born in 1938. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in English with special interest in the literature of the American West from Texas Christian University, and an M.Ed. in English from Truman State University.

Alter is an author of books for adults and young readers. Her novel Mattie won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America as the best western novel of 1987; Luke and the Van Zandt County War was named the best juvenile of 1984 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Fool Girl and Sue Ellen Learns to Dance, won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, with Sue Ellen also winning a Spur from WWA.

Alter has been director of TCU Press Texas, since 1987. She is a past president of Western Writers of America and served several years as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Institute of Letters. In 1989 the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the Outstanding Women of Fort Worth.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Two series offerings that present facets of U.S. history. Alter traces the development of Williamsburg and continues with the restoration process that has made the town a living museum today. Full-color photographs, maps, and reproductions add interest. Williams discusses the arrival of Africans in North America, the introduction of slavery in the 17th century, and the contributions of blacks in the Revolutionary War. The book has some confusing statements ("In Africa- Slaves were considered unequal, but they were treated like other family members. This is similar to the experiences of early slaves in America-"). Explanatory black-and-white and full-color reproductions appear throughout. The Web sites listed in African-Americans were inaccessible and one of the two mentioned in Williamsburg was essentially a commercial travel guide.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.