Santa Barbara, CA–April 19, 2007–Three prominent history organizations–ABC-CLIO, National History Day, and The History Channel–joined together today to open up a comprehensive collection of resources for educators on the 400th anniversary of Jamestown´s founding. These resources help enrich students´ understanding of the first successful British settlement in North America and honor the colony´s anniversary.
Assembled in a high-quality website that will be available through May 31st, the collection provides everything students and teachers need for a meaningful study of Jamestown and focuses on the event that shaped the European settlement of North America and the ongoing debates surrounding it.
The Jamestown Colony website includes:
*A complete database from ABC-CLIO on the Jamestown Colony, covering all the personalities, political intrigue, and conflict with Native Americans that came with the colony´s founding. The database offers the complete text of Frank E. Grizzard, Jr. and D. Boyd Smith´s just-released encyclopedia–Jamestown Colony: A Political, Social, and Cultural History.
*A video clip library from The History Channel
*Recommended classroom activities from National History Day that help illustrate the relationship between the Powhatan People and the Jamestown settlers
*Primary source documents including the first Virginia charter, John Smith´s account of an expedition to meet the area´s American Indians, and a description of the American Indians encountered by the early settlers
*Perspectives from ABC-CLIO scholars on the interaction of Jamestown residents with the surrounding Native American population, including one from James Horn, Vice President of Research for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and author of numerous books and articles on colonial America
This comprehensive online resource is part of a cooperative venture between ABC-CLIO, National History Day, and The History Channel, aimed at advancing history education.
"We are pleased to join these highly-regarded organizations in developing this valuable website," said Becky Snyder, President of ABC-CLIO. "Helping students better understand the link between the Jamestown colony and the founding of our country while also thinking critically about the impact it has had and continues to have on our lives is essential."
The colony of Jamestown, Virginia, was the first permanent English settlement in America. In June of 1606, the Virginia Company of London was granted a charter to establish a colony in the New World in order to exploit the area´s mineral resources. Three ships, the Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed, carried 108 adventurers and indentured servants across the Atlantic Ocean to the North American continent. The expedition first anchored at Cape Comfort (present-day Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia) on April 30, 1607.
To access the Jamestown Colony website, please click the link below. The website will be available from April 19, 2007, through May 31, 2007.
About ABC-CLIO Schools
ABC-CLIO Schools provides history teachers and students with authoritative reference information and teacher resources that help students hone the skills of historical inquiry and inquiry-based discussion as they master historical content and develop a deeper understanding of history´s major themes and lessons. The ABC-CLIO Schools award-winning subscription databases–American History, World History: The Modern Era, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, State Geography, World Geography, American Government, United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society, and Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society–provide a comprehensive collection of references, curriculum, and current events that together simplify historical research and help students make sense of world events as they unfold. ABC-CLIO Schools is a division of ABC-CLIO, a premier history publisher for over 50 years based in Santa Barbara, California.
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About National History Day
National History Day, Inc. (NHD) is an education organization that is transforming the way history is taught and learned. National History Day helps teachers meet educational standards; disseminates high quality curriculum materials; and sponsors challenging contests that teach students critical skills for the 21st century. National History Day improves education EVERY day. Through NHD, students develop critical thinking and research skills by creating exhibits, performances, documentaries and papers they may enter in competitions at the district, state and national levels.
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About The History Channel
The History Channel is one of the leading cable television networks featuring compelling original, non-fiction specials and series that bring history to life in a powerful and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network provides an inviting place where people experience history in new and exciting ways enabling them to connect their lives today to the great lives and events of the past that provide a blueprint for the future. The History Channel has earned three Peabody Awards, six News and Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor´s Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network´s Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. The History Channel reaches more than 89 million Nielsen subscribers.
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