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Jamestown, 1607-1698: From Founding to Demise

Following the 400th anniversary celebration of the founding of Virginia, the tendency has been to concentrate on the early years from 1607 to 1624. But the Jamestown Experience was much more. It covered the foundation, near-failure, and then the conversion into a royal colony and the development of institutions the founders never anticipated—a shift from the English village model to a plantation society, from an English yeomanry to a slave labor force, from producing scarce commodities England needed to one she did not need—tobacco, and the emergence of a semiautonomous governing colony. By the end of the century with the burning of Jamestown City one final time, the roots of Virginia society were firmly in place. How this evolution took place will be the theme of this lecture-style course. Note: This course does not meet on Wednesday, November 21.

Instructor Bio:

D. Alan Williams is emeritus professor of history, UVA. His BA is from Westminster College, his PhD from Northwestern. He taught colonial American and Virginia history at UVA from 1957 to 1998.

Recommended Reading:

Kelso, William M. Jamestown: The Buried Truth, 2008. Townsend, Camilla. Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma: The American Portraits Series, 2005. Horn, James P. Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America, 2006. Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom, 2003.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B303 D. Alan Williams Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 We 1:00-2:30 p.m. Country Inn and Suites WL

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