Reexamining the Birth of a Nation: Jamestown and 1619

Sun. March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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James Horn (1619) and Joseph Kelly (Marooned) reexamine well-known origin stories for our country and Commonwealth, presenting groundbreaking new histories of the 1607 arrival of colonists in Jamestown and the 1619 arrival of the first African enslaved people and establishment of Virginia’s first General Assembly. Consequential decisions wrought in harsh conditions led to the birth of democracy, and also laid the cornerstone for racial inequality from the beginning. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Horn’s observations allow for a better understanding of the colonists’ conflicting views toward Native peoples in this well-documented work for readers of history, especially the precolonial era.”―Library Journal

“This well-told account [1619] is strongest in its exploration of the conflicts among various English factions: in the 17th century, the utopian ideals of the earliest colonists clashed with and succumbed to mercantilist designs of private property, government by an elite planter class, conquest, and slavery.”―Publishers Weekly

“An insightful re-examination of the 1607 Jamestown settlement . . . Kelly’s lively, heavily researched, frequently gruesome account gives a slight nod to Jamestown as the ‘better place to look for the genesis of American ideals.’” ―Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

“The U.S. loves its creation myths, and this mythmaking, myth-breaking history gives us a new character, Stephen Hopkins… Though Hopkins and those like him left few records, Kelly fleshes out the available glimpses with a vivid, detailed description of the settlement and its English and Native American contexts…Kelly’s dynamic narrative brings Jamestown to life and shows how history reflects the present as well as the past.” ―starred review, Booklist