Suggested Reading List
Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery
Author: Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WBGH Series Research Team
Description: A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America, and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships.
Baltimore, Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay
Author: Allison Blake
Description: An intimate guidebook to the Bay, lovingly written by a local newspaper reporter. The book covers sites all along the eastern and western shores of the bay, with lots of history and practical information.
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs & the Chesapeake Bay
Author: William Warner
Description: A lovingly-written history of the blue crab, enriched with local color and a vivid overview of the Chesapeake Bay, its ecosystem, history and future.
Author: James Michener
Description: Michener works his usual magic, this time on the Chesapeake Bay, telling the history of the region through the story of a colorful family.
Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeously illustrated and with excellent maps, this compact book is a handsome overview of the history, traditions, cultures and sights of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation
Author: Joseph J. Ellis
Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.
Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, The Official Guide to America’s Historic Triangle
Author: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Description: This guidebook has all the information you need about Virginia's "Historic Triangle," where the nation began.
Life in the Chesapeake Bay
Author: Alice Jane Lippson, Robert L. Lippson
Description: This combination field guide and ecological primer on the Chesapeake Bay is a comprehensive guide to local plants and animals which describes the wetlands habitat in which they live.
Mid-Atlantic States Map
Author: Mad Maps
Description: A regional map of the mid atlantic states and the Chesapeake bay
Moon Handbook Virginia, Including Washington D.C
Author: Julian Smith
Description: This compact guidebook covers Virginia and the Capital region. It combines text on history, culture and nature with practical information for travelers, and it features plenty of photographs, maps and illustrations.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Author: Jon Dunn
Description: From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.
Philadelphia, A 300-Year History
Author: Russell F. Weigley (Editor), Edward Wolf (Editor), Nicholas B. Wainwright (Editor), Joseph E. Illick
Description: A comprehensive history of Philadelphia that examines the city's political, artistic, physical, and social development.
The Americans, the Colonial Experience
Author: Daniel Boorstin
Description: Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions.
The Civil War, An Illustrated History
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Description: An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
The First Salute, A View of the American Revolution
Author: Barbara Tuchman
Description: Pulitzer-prize winning author’s analysis of the American Revolution, focusing on the European politics surrounding the war, and the conflicts between the British and Dutch navy. Much of the action takes place in the Caribbean, the author providing a fascinating account of the role of St. Eustatius (the "Golden Rock") in the American Revolution.
The Transformation of Virginia 1740-1790
Author: Rhys Isaac
Description: In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Isaac analyzes Virginia's social history during the tumultuous years between 1740-1790.