Colonial Williamsburg Revolutionary City

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Revolutionary City

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It was in Williamsburg, Virginia, that American independence--and democracy--took root. Based on Colonial Williamsburg's acclaimed street theater program, Revolutionary City tells the story of Williamsburg during the American Revolution. Spanning the years from 1774 to 1781, Revolutionary City chronicles the collapse of royal government in Virginia and the triumphs and travails of its people during the war. Some of these people, such as Patrick Henry, Benedict Arnold, and George and Martha Washington, are well-known. Others, such as Barbry Hoy, the wife of a carpenter-turned-soldier, and Gowan Pamphlet, an African-American preacher, do not appear in most traditional histories. All these-men and women, patriots and Tories, free and enslaved-took part in the events that turned the people of Williamsburg from subjects of a king into citizens of a republic. More than 50 full-color photos. The fates of the main characters after 1781. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the program.

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What is more important to you, security or freedom? How high a price will you pay to see your hopes come true in the time of the Revolutionary War? Readers face these and other important choices on each page of this graphic adventure based on the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's thrilling Revolutionary City program. Revolutionary City reflects Williamsburg's role in one of America's defining periods and places the modern person in the middle of the debate about the future of America. Witness the collapse of royal government and join in the choices that lead revolutionary citizens to war!

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Bentley Boyd has written and drawn 27 comix to spark an interest in history among young people. His colorful and funny graphic histories often feature his character Chester the Crab, but with "Revolutionary City" he begins an imprint called Choice Comix that will ask readers to weave their way through the major events of American history. This first book in the imprint is based on a popular street threater program in Colonial Williamsburg, where both his sons are costumed interpreters.

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