The World Turned Upside Down

Dunmore’s Promise of Emancipation: A Chance for Victory Lost

| Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

During the mid 1770s, the British government, as well as all who represented it, were growing increasingly unpopular. Yet despite this, the Royal Governor of Virginia popular for some time.  The Lord Dunmore had, after all, Led attacks on neighboring Indian tribes in 1774. In March of 1775, he was praised by a patriot convention […]

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

        The Declaration of Independence Source: Callie Folke            Most people have pride in their country. It’s natural to feel some sense of alliance with your countrymen, despite the fact that nobody has ever met every single person in their country. This is due to the fact […]

“Question Everything”

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Early eighteenth century Virginia was once dominated by the First Families of Virginia and the upper gentry, but now during the mid-eighteenth century traditional order is being challenged.  A social conflict arose when such groups such as Baptists and women’s liberation movements started to challenge the ideas of the time.  A revolution was brewing not […]

Challenging Traditional Order

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

As the Virginia colony began to loosen its ties to Great Britain, a disparate culture formed. Virginia was no longer merely a clone of Britain but a revolutionary place of its own: a place where new ideas took root and old ones were questioned. While early eighteenth-century Virginia had adopted many aspects of British society, […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Materialism and Symbolism: Imported Goods in the Colonies on the Eve of Revolution

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

During the late 17th to mid 18th century, the thirteen American colonies were expanding in their population, size, and wealth. Massive tobacco plantations and widespread land speculation in Virginia led to a sudden growing population of those with excess money and a desire to show it. Consumerism and the desire for imported and manufactured goods […]

The Hypocrisy of Freedom

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

       These most famous words, are the basis of our nation, they ring true with a passion heard almost no where else and they still are not equal to all. These most powerful words are: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by […]

Personal and Political unrest final

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Following the acts resulting from the French and Indian War, there was some tension within the colonies against Great Britain, as the colonists believed that their rights were being impeded by the Crown. However, other personal endeavors also contributed to the sentiment for the colonies to declare independence. These personal sentiments existed strongly in one […]

The United Colonies

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

For over a century, colonists in not only Virginia but also the twelve remaining colonies thought of themselves as Englishmen. Their ancestors had brought over many of the customs and traditions of the Old World, and had succeeded in establishing them in the colonies, but gradually, time and distance from Britain led to the breakage […]

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