The “Choosing Revolution” story line traces the beginnings of the new nation
by exploring the complex decisions every Virginian faced as the colony moved
toward independence. For further understanding, please read the
key points for
this story line.
- Was There an American Common Man?
- Was there an American—or even a Virginia—common man? The answer is obvious:
yes! But nothing is ever that simple. As I have pondered such a seemingly
straightforward question, the fact that the answer seemed so obvious troubled
me. I am not sure I have completely resolved the problem that puzzled me,
but I think I have pinpointed its source.
- The White Loyalists of Williamsburg
- The climactic moment in Williamsburg The Story of a Patriot comes when John Fry
answers John Randolph’s question whether he, too, is going home: “I am home.” The movie
quickly moves to resolution with John Fry bidding his son farewell as he marches off to
war and the old flag is replaced by the flag of a new state. John Randolph’s leave-taking
is portrayed as cordial; Fry and Randolph shake hands as respected friends.
The World Turned Upside Down: Williamsburg During the War of Independence
- By ten o’clock on the morning of July 15, 1779, the free citizens and
inhabitants of Williamsburg had finally gathered in front of the James City
County/Williamsburg courthouse. They were in a sullen and angry mood. Several
concerned residents, not the town’s officials, had called this extraordinary
town meeting. At issue was the frightful state of the economy.