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March 21, 2006

Spring, when CW's efforts turn to Revolutionary City programs

The spring edition of Colonial Williamsburg, the Journal of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, focuses on the critical events leading up to the American Revolution and the birth of our democracy during new Revolutionary City programs scheduled to launch in mid-March.

Colonial Williamsburg President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell’s spring message describes how the Education for Citizenship initiative ties in with Revolutionary City programs. “Emphasizing the connection between the rights secured by the American Revolution and a citizen’s responsibility is Colonial Williamsburg’s goal,” Campbell writes. “The rhetoric of George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee and others in 18th-century Williamsburg decried the inequities of royal rule and demanded citizens face them. Their words are as timely in 2006 as they were in 1776. The ideas that set Williamsburg apart then are the message of our Revolutionary City today.”

James Horn, the Foundation’s director of research and the Abby and George O’Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, said the Revolutionary City program brings guests and actor interpreters together through live outdoor theater to experience the transition of colonists from subjects of the Crown to citizens of an independent republic. The Revolutionary City program is presented where these events actually occurred in and around Colonial Williamsburg’s Capitol.

Elsewhere in the issue can be found:

  • “A Contagion of Rebellion”—Contributor Mary Miley Theobald details 18th-century New York’s terror when the city’s slaves rose;
  • “A Man of Firmness: Justice John Blair and the Letter of the Law”—Rutgers University professor Jack Lynch relates the work of one of the six original justices of the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • “Shadowy Powers and Secret Societies”—Albany, N.Y., editor James Breig delves into the appeal of conspiracy theories—then and now; and
  • “Every Part Works in Harmony”—Richmond journalist Ed Crews unravels the history of basketweaving.

    These articles and articles from previous issues are found online at Colonial Williamsburg can be purchased at Everything Williamsburg and WILLIAMSBURG® Booksellers at the Foundation’s Visitor Center. Complimentary copies of the printed magazine can be obtained and subscriptions ordered at

    Colonial Williamsburg, the Journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, is published six times a year by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The journal is a benefit to donors who contribute $35 a year or more and $9 is reserved for the subscription.

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