From Publishers Weekly's review of Karen Ordahl Kupperman's forthcoming The Jamestown Project:
The Jamestown story needs retelling, says NYU historian Kupperman (Providence Island) not just because 2007 marks the 400th anniversary of its settlement. It also needs retelling because Americans tend to locate our origins in Plymouth and distance ourselves from Jamestown, which we associate with "greedy, grasping colonists" backed by "arrogant" English patrons. The first decade of Jamestown's history was messy, admits Kupperman, but through that mess, settlers figured out how to make colonization work.
Kupperman, marrying vivid narration with trenchant analysis, has done the history of Jamestown, and of early America, a great service.
The Jamestown Project is scheduled for publication in March 2007. Check out the officlal 400th Anniversary website for more on the history of the first permanent English settlement in American.