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The Quartering Acts

On the morning of October 20, 1768, Sheriff Greenleaf of the town of Boston forcibly entered the Manufactory House. He was there to evict the people living inside so that the building could be turned into barracks for soldiers. In an ironic twist, he was detained by the residents instead. He called out for help, and British soldiers came to his aid, freeing him and surrounding the Manufactory Hous

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How Did Women’s Fight for Freedom Impact the Law in Early America?

LESSON PLAN Grade Level Upper Elementary; Middle; High School Standards and Skills Virginia Standards of Learning: Virginia Studies; US History 1; Virginia and US History Standards of Learning: VS.4a; US1.5b; US1.5d; VUS.2b; VUS.3c Using Information Sources; Organizing Information; Questioning and Critical Thinking Skills; Comparing and Contrasting; Determining Cause and Effect; Making

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How Did Colonial Women Demonstrate Their Patriotism?

  LESSON PLAN Grade Level Elementary; Middle; High School Standards and Skills Virginia Standards of Learning: Virginia Studies; U.S. History 1; Virginia and US Government VUS.2; VUS.3; GOVT.2.d; GOVT.3 Using Information Sources; Organizing Information; Questioning and Critical Thinking Skills; Comparing and Contrasting; Determining Cause and Effect; Making Connections; Exercis

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Using Primary Sources: John Pory’s Proceedings from the 1619 Assembly

How Do We Know What We Know About Representative Government? LESSON PLAN Grade Level Upper Elementary and Middle School Standards and Skills Virginia Standards of Learning: Virginia Studies; Civics & Economics US1; VS.3.a; VS.10.a; CE.2.b; CE.4; US1.4.b; US1.5 Using Information Sources; Questioning and Critical Thinking; Organizing Information; Making Connections; Demonstrate Comp

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Using Primary Sources: John Pory’s Proceedings from the 1619 General Assembly

What Can We Learn About People from the Laws They Pass? LESSON PLAN Grade Level High School Standards and Skills Virginia Standards of Learning: Virginia and US History; Virginia and US Government VUS.2; VUS.3; GOVT.2.d; GOVT.3 Using Information Sources; Questioning and Critical Thinking; Organizing Information; Making Connections; Demonstrate Comprehension; Comparing and Contrasting;

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King James I

[jwplatform 3GUUXJAz]   King James video Script [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Portrait of King James as a young man, 1595[/caption] James was born in 1566, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley. He was King of Scotland (as James VI) for 36 years before becoming King of England in 1603 — and the first in the British royal line of Stuarts. Ja

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What early industries were in Virginia before tobacco?

When the Virginia Company established a colony at Jamestown in 1607, its leadership had high hopes that a wide array of materials could be tapped or produced. Company officials wrote, “The country it selfe is large and great . . . the land is full of milneralles, plenty of woods (the wants of England). . .the soile is strong and lustie of its owne nature.” Initially investors hoped for precious ma

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National History Day / Virginia History Day

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Scouting Merit Badges

Choose from one of three programs that will support the completion of the following merit badges: American Cultures, Virginia Indians or American Heritage. Cultures at Jamestown – Through an interactive guided tour at Jamestown Settlement, Scouts are introduced to the Powhatan Indians, English Settlers and West Central Africans. Discover how the ideas and knowledge of these 3 cultures impact, b

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Who were the English who set sail for America?

[caption id="attachment_25241" align="alignright" width="270"] Captain John Smith[/caption] In December 1606, 144 mariners and adventurers set out from the docks east of London to sail across the Atlantic to found a colony in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia. Aside from the crew, the group was a mixture of “gentlemen” and adventurers. Gentlemen made up between a third and a half of the group

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