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“We’re Not Boston”: An Examination of the Motivation of 18th Century Virginians to Support the American Revolution

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Political oppression is a lofty motive for revolution: it explains away the cause and often excuses all but the most heinous of crimes committed in the name of escaping it. This is the motive which Americans like to remember their revolution for, but it must be remembered that the motives for the revolution are varied […]

Control: A Candid Contemplation of Conspicuous Consumption

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

The First Families of Virginia never attempted to hide their wealth. Far from the biblical picture of modesty, these self-styled Lords would flaunt their wealth in the face of the poorer brethren in social settings, seemingly out of a sense of vanity. However, upon closer examination it can be observed that the Tidewater Gentry used […]

20/20 Hindsight: The Early Failures of Jamestown

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Jamestown was indisputably a success in the end. While it did not provide immediate returns to it’s investors, and administration changed, in the end it provided a hugely profitable source of revenue and the standard of living developed into one of the higher ones in the 18th century. However, in it’s early years, it was […]