Colonial Life In America - Forming a Nation
After concerns of survival, came the Colonists desires and struggles to form a fair and democratic government. The tyranny that some of them came from made this a priority. Those who survived had a very difficult life but they had determination and steadfast faith that this would be a great land. Many died before their time, but for most of them, their faith in God and the Bible is what helped them persevere. They were grateful to God for sending the Indians who taught them how to survive in this new land. It was through their faith and determination that America was born a free, democratic, and Christian nation.
This page lists the best children's books about life in Colonial America , plus links to related activties, lesson ideas, and more.
-Signers of the Declaration
-Signers of the A. O. C.
-Signers of the U. S. Constitution
-Wives of the Signers
Documents of Freedom
Reproductions of America's four most important documents on authentic-looking parchment paper.
Featured Founding Founder
Gouverneur Morris , the peg-legged, anti-slavery delegate from Pennsylvania spoke more on the floor of the Constitutional Convention than any of the other founding fathers. As Jefferson was chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence, Morris was chosen to write the first draft of the Constitution. Colonial Hall is now proud to have the first seven chapters of the full-length biography of Gouverneur Morris, by Jared Sparks.
George did what?!
The Declaration of IndependenceA line by line history
Most are familiar with the beginning of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." But what about the long list of accusations against King George III that follows? Find out the history behind the accusations in the Declaration from historian Benson J. Lossing.
Colonial Hall now has the biographies of 111 founding fathers and 34 biographies of their wives . Historic Sites
New for 2007! We've just added a new section on the homes of the founding fathers along with other historic sites of interest. Biographies with New Portraits
Not only have we recently purchased the portraits of 20 founding fathers from Independence National Historic Park, we have also been travelling around the country taking pictures of their homes. Little by little you can expect to see these photographs and portraits added to our site. The following is a list of biographies with these new pictures:
Read archived issues of Colonial Williamsburg, the Journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.