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Conflict at Home and Abroad: Virginia’s domestic causes for joining the Revolution

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Many claim that Virginia was truly the first colony to embrace the revolution, the first one to take action and declare independence.  The question is: what caused this?  At the time before the Revolution, Virginia was already in a state of extreme unrest.  Between changing religious affiliations, an unreliable tobacco economy, and an unsustainable class […]

Occupy Tidewater

| Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Eighteenth-century Virginia was a very different world than it was a century before: the colony that had struggled to exist, against all odds had become a thriving community.  The small, fortified settlements became cities, and the landscape became defined by sprawling farms and plantations.  As life for Virginians began to settle, so to did their […]

Missing Links and Empty Fields: Native Virginian History of the Contact Period

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

American history has a reputation for being whitewashed.  As the expression goes: history is written by the victors.  And in our society that means upper-class, white, straight, men.  The history of other groups tends not to be taught unless in a specialty class (e.g. LGBT/black/women’s studies) and if it is taught in mainstream history it […]