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Feb 6
2012

The Boston Slave Petitons

The founders demanded freedom for themselves, but not for their slaves. Early protests show that the enslaved noticed the flaw in the logic.

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Nov 7
2011

Inventing the Submarine

The first combat submarine was invented as a vehicle to transport underwater bombs. Jerry Roberts of the Connecticut River Museum tells the story of an intrepid American inventor.

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Jun 27
2011

Arsenal of War

A new armoury complex takes shape on the footings of Anderson's Forge. Archaeologist Meredith Poole talks about the site's rebuilt narrative.

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May 9
2011

Women of the Revolution

Could the war have been won without women? Author and Professor Holly Mayer thinks not. Learn more about the inner workings of the Continental Army.

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Apr 25
2011

The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln makes good on the founders' promises of freedom and equality. Author Gordon Wood lays out the Revolutionary origins of the Civil War.

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Mar 21
2011

A Settler Revolt

British colonists revolt against their mother country when traditional English rights are threatened. Author and historian Jack Greene explains.

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Sep 20
2010

Call Forth the Militia

Local militiamen were ragtag but tenacious fighting forces. Supervisor of Military Programs John Hill describes Revolutionary War hometown defenses.

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Sep 13
2010

Constitution Day

Get to know the Constitution: a document whose genius lies in its malleability. Historian and author Pauline Maier talks ratification.

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Jul 12
2010

Hercules of the American Revolution

A man of remarkable strength and size was George Washington's one-man army. Author and sixth-generation descendant Travis Bowman shares the tale of Peter Fransisco.

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Jun 28
2010

Declaration of Independence

Hear the Declaration of Independence read in its entirety by Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker, and see a new vodcast on the Fifes and Drums: The Sound of Independence.

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Jun 21
2010

Cornwallis' Sunken Fleet

A British flotilla from the Battle of Yorktown lies mired in a murky tomb beneath the tides of the York River. Underwater archaeologist John Broadwater dives down to Cornwallis' sunken fleet and shares his finds.

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Jun 14
2010

Shipwreck Archaeology

Underwater archaeologist John Broadwater and his team dove down to a sunken fleet of ships from the Battle of Yorktown.

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May 31
2010

Women Soldiers

Determined women disguised themselves as men to fight in the Revolutionary War. Historian Joyce Henry brings us the story of Anna Maria Lane.

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Sep 28
2009

We the People

America's Constitution stands as a monument to compromise.

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Sep 7
2009

Prisoners of War

As long as there have been wars, there have been prisoners of war. Tom Hay talks about Revolutionary War captives.

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Jun 29
2009

We Hold These Truths

The foundation of American democracy rests on one mighty sheet of parchment. Hear interpreter Bill Barker read the Declaration of Independence.

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Jun 15
2009

Cherokee Diplomacy

European and Cherokee cultures converge in Virginia in the 1700s.

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Mar 23
2009

Spies of the 18th Century

The means have changed, but the end is the same. Interpreter Jay Templin describes the tactics of information gathering.

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Aug 11
2008

Captured Colors

Four flags survive through battle and time against equally long odds. Curator Erik Goldstein talks about a compelling new exhibit at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

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Jul 28
2008

The Stamp Act

Britain's tax on paper goods was unremarkable in itself, but the colonies' furious response surprised two continents. Historian Linda Rowe talks about the Stamp Act.

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Jul 21
2008

The British Constitution

The fundamentals of British law reside in the American Constitution. Historian Nancy Milton describes the English influence.

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Jul 14
2008

The Fifth Virginia Convention

The American rebels stood to lose a lot by winning the war. Sites interpreter B.J. Pryor discusses the risk of success.

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Jul 7
2008

Common Sense

Forty-six pages from Thomas Paine's pen whip discontent into outright rebellion. Public Sites Interpreter Alex Clark details the transformation.

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Jun 30
2008

We hold these truths

Hear the words that started a war, read by Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker. Episode one of July's Revolutionary Documents series.

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Jun 2
2008

The King's Man

Could Lord Dunmore have prevented the Revolution? Interpreter Phil Shultz considers the question.

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Dec 3
2007

Founders or Traitors

Not all colonists were ready to follow their leaders into revolution. Interpreters Steve Holloway and John Hamant debate in character as John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

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Nov 26
2007

Playing the Part

Taking the shape of a founding father calls for equal parts of preparation and imagination. Interpreters John Hamant and Steve Holloway detail the process.

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Sep 24
2007

Prelude to Victory

"Prelude to Victory" celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown with three days of special programs that recall September 26, 27, and 28, 1781.

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Jul 30
2007

Tempted to Enlist

The prospect of ready money tempted many middling men to enlist. Bryan Simpers and Bereni New interpret the Hoys at Colonial Williamsburg.

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Jul 23
2007

A Loyal Subject

Loyal subjects of the king walked among Williamsburg's revolutionaries. Colonial Williamsburg's Jack Flintom interprets John Randolph's allegiance to King George III.

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Jul 9
2007

Marquis de Lafayette

Portraying the Marquis de Lafayette, Colonial Williamsburg's Mark Schneider tells the story of the Frenchman who helped save the American Revolution.

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Jul 2
2007

The Declaration of Independence

Hear the words that were catalyst to the Revolution, read by Bill Barker, Colonial Williamsburg's Thomas Jefferson.

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Jun 25
2007

Under the Redcoat

The Revolutionary War wasn't always a winning proposition for the colonists, explains Tim Sutphin. "Under the Redcoat" recalls the British occupation of Williamsburg.

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May 28
2007

Martha Washington Remembers

This first lady devoted herself to her husband and his troops.

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Apr 24
2006

Marquis de Lafayette

Mark Schneider portrays French general Marquis de Lafayette, whose passion for the cause of freedom helped America win liberty from British rule.

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Nov 7
2005

Dunmore's Proclamation

Dennis Watson talks about the royal governor's promise to free slaves and indentured servants who joined the British army in the American Revolution.

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Oct 3
2005

Black Women and the Revolution

Hope Smith talks about the women and children who followed their men to war.

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Sep 26
2005

James Armistead

Interpreter Richard Josey talks about an enslaved man who became a valuable spy during the Revolution.

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Sep 19
2005

Rhode Island Regiment

Interpreter Greg James discusses the determination of the members of an all-black regiment of soldiers.

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Sep 12
2005

Brothers in Arms

Harvey Bakari shares his passion for presenting the often forgotten stories of black Americans who contributed to the American Revolution.

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Jun 14
2005

Richard Schumann on Patrick Henry and Independence

Whenever there was trouble in Williamsburg, it's a sure bet Patrick Henry was in the middle of it.

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