The questions that come with this summer's sample schedule are anything but simple. In fact, they are challenging, especially in our current national culture and instability. I look forward to some intriguing conversations and honest presentations. Maybe I'll discover some of the answers to the questions as presented.
Compelling Question: How has the idea of freedom and national identity in America changed over time?
How do historical interactions impact modern tensions?
How do the ambitions of one group impact the survival/existence of another?
How did freedom manifest itself in early colonization?
How did the diversity of the Virginia populace both contribute to success and lead to conflict?
How did these interactions lead the to the American Revolution?
How did the economics of early America shape its national identity?
When does a rebellion become a revolution?
What were the catalysts that led American Patriots to seek independence from Great Britain?
What were the perspectives of and consequences for American Loyalists and Patriots?
What did the competing groups in the new nation expect from independence?
How did American expansion and legislation promote the existing divisions in the new nation?
How did the U.S. Constitution attempt to resolve the issues and challenges of the 1800s?
How is freedom defined and valued by the different groups in America?
How did slavery evolve throughout the nineteenth century, and how did its evolution ignite the nation?
What role did Williamsburg play in the Civil War?
How has the meaning of “American” evolved over time?
What are the challenges and opportunities of expanding the definition of “American”?