Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson’
June 5, 2015
How should the United States welcome immigrants?
Should newcomers be free to come at will?
Will they be loyal to American institutions and values?
Should they speak English? Are diverse cultures a strength or a weakness?
The debate over paths to citizenship is in the news today, but it was also a question that the United States wrestled … Continue Reading »
May 29, 2015
By Bill Sullivan
“They play away and play it all away.”
So wrote the great Virginia planter Landon Carter of his son’s penchant to win and lose fortunes at cards.
Today we can tune into ESPN and watch the ancient spectacle, reborn as the World Series of Poker: competitors waging a battle of wit, concentration and not a … Continue Reading »
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May 21, 2015
Bill Barker has been interpreting Thomas Jefferson for more than three decades. “I never took an acting course in college,” he says, but by finding regular work in the theater he was … Continue Reading »
May 1, 2015
By Bill Sullivan
George Washington lost four pounds playing the ponies as a 27-year old freshman legislator in Williamsburg in 1759.
He wasn’t alone. Horse racing and gambling were favorite pastimes in colonial Virginia.
Large crowds turned out from Virginia’s earliest years to find out who had the fastest horse—and to bet on the outcome.
April 13, 2015
Thomas Jefferson turns 272 today, and his roots run deep in Williamsburg.
April 9, 2015
Should personal religious beliefs influence government policies?
It’s not a simple question, as evidenced by current controversies over Religious Freedom Restoration Acts being considered by state legislatures.
Americans generally agree that freedom is a good thing as long as it does not cause harm to another. But what happens when both sides claim harm? … Continue Reading »