|The Pursuit of Liberty: On the Road to Revolution
Offered by: VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In 1763 Virginia stood as one of the central colonies in Great Britain's empire. Twenty years later the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending a military and social revolution. Our understanding of freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the roles patriotic colonists played in establishing American independence. This program examines the economic and government structure of life in the colonies, explores the impacts of British taxes and tariffs on the colonials, 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 Revolutionary experiences of many of our Founding Fathers. Famous Virginians such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason will be discussed as well as lesser known individuals like Anna Maria Lane and James Lafayette.