Colonial Virginians At Play
by Jane Carson. Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1989.
Describes home entertainments, games, and sports, with a section on public times in Williamsburg.
GV54.V8 C3 1989
A Colonial Woman's Bookshelf
by Kevin J. Hayes. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1996.
A social and literary history which reconstructs what might have filled a typical colonial woman's' bookshelf, reviewing evidence of women owning books and considering why they read them.
Z1039.W65 H38 1996
Common People and Their Material World: Free Men and Women in the Chesapeake, 1700-1830
edited by David Harvey and Gregory Brown. Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1995.
A product of Colonial Williamsburg Research Publications, this study contains several essays devoted to the social life and customs of the "common people."
The Crafts of Williamsburg
by James S. Wamsley, Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1982. World of Williamsburg Series.
Celebrates the artisans of eighteenth-century Williamsburg and their contemporary counterparts.
TT24.V8 W35 1982
Eighteenth-Century Clothing at Williamsburg
by Linda Baumgarten. Williamsburg, Virginia: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1989.
Discusses the tremendous variety in wearing apparel of men, women, children in the 1700s. Ninety illustrations with details.
GT617.V8 B38 1986
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
by Kathleen Brown. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
This book places gender at the center of early Virginia history. It provides another way of looking at the past and hearing from some of the other people who lived in Virginia.
Inside the Great House
by Daniel Blake Smith. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1980.
Explores the nature of the family experience in 18th-century Chesapeake society.
HQ555.C46 S63 1980
Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian, 1773-1774: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion
by Hunter Dickinson Farish, ed. Charlottesville, VA: The University Press of Virginia, 1957.
Offers insight into life on a gentry plantation.
The Journal of John Harrower: An Indentured Servant in the Colony of Virginia, 1773-1776
by Edward Miles Riley, ed. Williamsburg, Virginia: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1963.
A rare story of what it was like to work as an indentured servant in the South.
Of Land & Labor: Gunston Hall Plantation Life in the 18th Century
by M. Lauren Bisbee. Lorton, VA: Board of Regents, Gunston Hall, 1994.
F234.G86 B57 1994
A Place in Time
by Darrett B. Rutman and Anita H. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1984.
A study of changing social patterns from 1650-1750 in Middlesex County, Virginia.
F232.M6 R87 1984
A Planter's Republic: The Search for Economic Independence in Revolutionary Virginia
by Bruce A. Ragsdale. Madison, WI: Madison House, 1996.
Early Virginians "pursued a vision of economic independence that they considered a prerequisite for liberty, security, and prosperity of their state. That vision reflected a determination to free themselves from the demands of British merchants and the restrictions of the tobacco trade while maintaining the viability of Virginia's plantation system."
HC107.V8 R33 1996
Political Life in Eighteenth-Century Virginia
by Jack P. Greene. Foundation of America Series, Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1986. F229.G87 1986
Revival, Revolution, and Religion in Early Virginia
by Edwin S. Gaustad. Foundation of America Series, Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1994.
BR555.V8 G38 1994
Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800
by Allan Kulikoff. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.
A comprehensive study of changing social relations.
HC107.A12 K85 1986
by T. H. Breen. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985.
Considers the mentality of planters in the Tidewater on the eve of revolution.
The Transformation of Virginia,1740-1790
by Rhys Isaac. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.
Stimulating chapters on the social landscape, celebrations, and community.
Virginia Women: The First Two Hundred Years
by Anne Firor and Suzanne Lebsock. Foundation of America Series, Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1988.
HQ1438.V8 S36 1988
Virginians At Home: Family Life in the Eighteenth Century
by Edmund S. Morgan. Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1952.
An engaging account of life in colonial Virginia.
F234.W7 W7 1952
The World They Made Together
by Michael Sobel. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.
A provocative discussion of African-American and white values in eighteenth-century Virginia.
E185.93.V8 S64 1987
Worlds of Experience: Communities in Colonial Virginia
by Rhys Isaac. Foundation of America Series, Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1987.
This book "presents an overall view of daily life for people in colonial Virginia. Isaac compares the experiences and concerns of three main groups: slaves, common planters (small farmers), and gentry.