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Colonial Williamsburg believes—as did Thomas Jefferson—that the strength and continuation of our democracy depends on a well-educated citizenry: citizens who understand their American history and heritage.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

—Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816

With growing numbers of new Americans unfamiliar with the founding principles of the republic and with decreasing emphasis on American history in our schools, it is vital that we do everything possible to help our diverse youth understand their history and its importance to their lives. Read more.