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Williamsburg, Virginia

A City before the State: An Illustrated History
Martha Hamilton-Phillips and Robert P. Maccubbin, eds.


BUY Cloth · 328 pp. · 8 × 11 · ISBN 9780813920115 · $49.95 · May 2000

The first comprehensive history of Williamsburg, Virginia, this handsome volume instantly becomes the standard reference on more than three hundred years of the city's fascinating history. Founded as the capital of Virginia in 1699 and named in honor of King William III (1650-1702), Williamsburg has seen the birth of the American republic, the growth of the College of William and Mary, which educated five presidents, the founding of the first mental hospital in America, occupation in the Revolution and the Civil War, post-Civil War reconstruction, suburbanization, and the twentieth-century restoration of the historic area.

Edited by Robert P. Maccubbin amd Martha Hamilton-Phillips, this book documents Williamsburg's history in chronological and thematic chapters enhanced by 378 maps, drawings, and photographs, including color illustrations and rare materials from family archives. From the Anglo-Powhatan war and Bacon's Rebellion, through Williamsburg's struggles during and after the Civil War, to the city's role in two world wars and its remarkable growth in the second half of the twentieth century, the twenty-five contributors cover all three centuries of Williamsburg's history, documenting the diverse cast of characters that has met the city's historical challenges.

About the Author: 

Robert P. Maccubbin is Professor of English at the College of William and Mary and editor of Eighteenth-Century Life. He edited, with Martha Hamilton-Phillips, The Age of William III and Mary II: Power, Politics, and Patronage, 1688-1702. Trained as an art historian with a specialization in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British and European art and cultural history, Martha Hamilton-Phillips was executive director for Williamsburg's three-hundredth anniversary.

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