Visitors are fascinated by the authenticity of the historic interpretations at Colonial Williamsburg. This book is a synthesis of the scholarship on which those interpretations are based. It explains how diverse groups of people, holding different and sometimes conflicting personal ambitions, evolved into a society that valued both liberty and equality. Americans still cherish these values as their birthright, even when their promise remains unfulfilled.
The introductory essay and the 5 thematic story-line essays-"Taking Possession," "Enslaving Virginia," "Buying Respectability," "Choosing Revolution," and "Freeing Religion"-explore the history behind the critical challenges that divide American society and the historic forces that simultaneously unite it.
Written by Cary Carson, Kevin Kelly, Christy Matthews, and Bill White
78 Color Photographs and Illustrations
28 B/W Illustrations