Life in early colonial Virginia was as nasty, brutish, and short as it got for seventeenth-century Englishmen, as shown in the sufferings of Richard Frethorne.
After Bacon’s Rebellion, Virginia’s lawmaking elite institutionalized race—a counter-revolutionary tool to prevent combinations of black and white.
In Restoration-era Virginia, exiled Parliamentarians, New Model Army veterans, radical Dissenters, and African slaves joined powers to revolutionize their colony.
George Mason was a Virginian statesman who decried the centralization of government authority and was one of the major supporters of a written Bill of Rights.
Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.
Liggio discusses George Mason and Daniel Morgan.
Professor Joseph Kelly tells us the forgotten story of Stephen Hopkins and how the Virginia Company lacked real leadership & direction.
Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.
“Imperial School” historian Charles Andrews provided later generations with invaluable collections of colonial documents.
Nature dissolves all human social constructions and class boundaries.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.
To bake or not to bake?—What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?
As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.
Smith summarizes the arguments of delegates as to whether the slave trade should be prohibited in the Constitution.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.