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This should be classed as a PUBLISHER SERIES rather than a SERIES.

The University of North Carolina Press publishes these scholarly works for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Institute is jointly sponsored by the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The Institute's publications program embodies its dedication to the furtherance of study in the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of American history as well as the related histories of the British Isles, Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean.


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