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Whigishness in Williamsburg

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

When talking to merchants in colonial Williamsburg, one of the stories several of them repeated were of tourists asking “Don’t you wish you lived in the colonial period?  Everything was so simple back then, and they wore such pretty dresses…”  Obviously I’m paraphrasing, but the gists of the interpreter’s responses were that they would have […]

Darling Degenerates to Democratic Dynamos

| Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Today we hold our founding fathers on a pedestal, viewing them as some of the greatest people to grace the face of this planet.  Actually, we don’t just hold them up on a pedestal- we hold them in much higher regard than that, going so far as to carve their faces into the side of […]

Jamestown’s Woes: Results of a Faulty Owner’s Manual?

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

In the year 1607, Captain Christopher Newport hopped off of the Discovery, propped a hand on his hip, struck a jaunty pose, and wondered to himself, “Ok, now what?”  Well, maybe that’s not exactly what happened.  But luckily for him, the Virginia Company of London had given him a trusty old letter, their version of […]