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April 24, 2015

Matters for Interpretation

By Bill Sullivan

Many Americans believe strongly in the idea that this is a Christian nation. Surely the vast majority of citizens in the founding generations identified with one denomination or another. Citing those origins is one way to emphasize the idea of a particular kind of unity, a unity, perhaps, that we might like to … Continue Reading »

April 21, 2015

The First Listening Tour

By Bill Sullivan

Americans take it for granted today that politicians are going to go to great lengths to “connect” with the public: with grip and grin photo ops, visits to local diners, talk show appearances, or just by dropping pop culture references.

Historian T.H. Breen

They are just like us, they insist, even in the … Continue Reading »

March 30, 2015

5 Questions with Peter Manseau,
author of ‘One Nation Under Gods’

By Bill Sullivan

Peter Manseau, author of “One Nation Under Gods.”

Peter Manseau is the award-winning author of the memoir “Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun and Their Son” and the novel “Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter,” among other titles. His new book, “One Nation Under Gods,” examines the history of religious diversity … Continue Reading »

February 13, 2015

Fighting for more than freedom

By Bill Sullivan

Who famously said, “As for me, give me liberty or give me death”?


Secret Keepers: Literacy, Slavery, and the Law

Feb. 17 and Feb. 24
11:30 a.m.

Hennage Auditorium
at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Find more information here

Harvey Bakari, manager of African American Initiatives, answers his own question.

“It’s Patrick Henry. He’s a patriot. … Continue Reading »

October 2, 2014

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., will be visiting Williamsburg Oct. 9-13. The 250-foot long memorial and accompanying exhibit will occupy the lawn in front of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on Francis Street.

Veterans organizations and the Patriot Guard Riders will escort the wall into … Continue Reading »

September 5, 2014

Homeschooling Was the Rule in Colonial Virginia

Nearly 2 million children are homeschooled in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And their numbers are increasing at a much faster rate than the population of public schools. Parents offer many reasons for educating young people at home, from concerns about safety or instructional quality to the desire to … Continue Reading »