James Horn

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Dr. James Horn is Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation & O’Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has served as Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Editor of Publications at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary, and taught for twenty years at the University of Brighton, England, before moving to the US. He is the author of Adapting to a New World: English Society in the Seventeenth Century Chesapeake; A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America, and numerous articles on early America. In addition, he has edited three collections of essays and documents, including the Writings of Captain John Smith for the Library of America. His latest book, A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, was published in 2010. He is currently working on a study of the great Indian warrior chief, Opechan-canough, who was the principal leader of resistance to English settlement in Virginia during the colony’s first forty years.

Articles by this Contributor

Winter 2008

If the colony had collapsed the English might not have been established as the major colonial power in North America

Spring 2010

New ideas—and archaeological evidence—may provide answers to colonial North America’s longest-running mystery

Winter 2010

Only by luck and happenstance did Britain’s first permanent settlement in the New World survive