The World Turned Upside Down

Trifling with Rifles

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Symbolizing American ingenuity and adaptability, the rifle epitomized the spirit of the American frontiersman. How the colonists changed to suit the conditions of the North American continent manifests itself in the American rifle. Why did this weapon, which made the colonists Americans, fail the rebels in their fight to maintain that identity? The inaccurate musket […]

The American Revolution: a Restoration of Colonial Society

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Payton Rose Nicolette Gable History 216 3 August 2014 The American Revolution: a Restoration of Colonial Society Although the residents of the American Colonies considered themselves Englishmen and loyal subjects to the king, they also enjoyed a much different lifestyle from those in the mother country under the salutary neglect of a distant authority. Upon […]

Forgotten Voices of the Revolution

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Everyone is fighting their own battles, so much so that throughout history, we are so caught up in the main event, just one part of the tale, that we forget about the many other voices of the narrative. This is shown explicitly during the time of the American Revolution through the Evangelicals, women, and slaves. […]

Slaves: A Reversal of Roles

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Kelby Williamson Jamestown through the Revolution: Week Three The relationship between master and slave had always been one of tension and fear. Typically the fear would be instituted by the master and felt by the slave, however, in the years leading up to and during the Revolution, fear was often felt by the master. Fear […]

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 […]

Flight or Flight: The Men of the American Revolution

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

The American Revolution helped to show the true colors of the men leaders of the 18th century. A leader during the Revolution was a man who would stand by his men, colony, and comrades. A coward would think only of himself and his own well-being.  In America we mostly give light to the men with […]

We Want Our Gunpowder! Causes of the American War of Independence

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

We Want Our Gunpowder! Causes of the American War of Independence The events leading up to the American Revolution were mainly political in nature, especially in Virginia. The one event that sparked a chain of events leading to revolution in the royal colony was the removal of gunpowder from the town magazine by Lord Dunmore, […]

Consumer Culture (Post 3)

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Chloe Kiernicki, Post 3 In the economic theory of mercantilism, a mother country establishes colonies to gain natural resources and provide a market for the goods of the mother country.  In the eighteenth century, the English Empire established colonies across the world for those reasons.  During the first half of the eighteenth century, the British […]

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