"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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The Pursuit of Liberty: Virginia and the American Revolution

In 1763, Virginia stood as one of the most important colonies in Great Britain's empire. Twenty years later the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending a military, political, and social revolution. Our understanding of freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the roles Virginians played in establishing American independence.

This program examines the economy and government of colonial Virginia, explores the influence of British taxes on the colonies, and investigates the roles of Virginians in declaring independence and waging the Revolutionary War. The audience will examine specific individuals and situations to promote an understanding of the wartime experiences of Virginians and those who served in Virginia during the war. Famous Virginians—such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry—will be discussed as well as lesser known individuals like Jack Jouett and James Lafayette.

This interactive program will use primary sources—manuscripts, maps, and portraits, along with replica artifacts—to examine the change in Virginia from its beginnings as a British colony to its role as a state in the newly formed republic.

Scheduling for this program is available through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) website.

Evan Liddiard

Evan Liddiard, Senior Education Specialist

Are you interested in learning more about our interactive video conferencing programs? I can help you schedule a program or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at eliddiard@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9689.

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