How does a community decide to rebel against its government? Watch how Williamsburg chose independence in this webcast, hosted and moderated by public radio personality Cathy Lewis. See reenactments from our Revolutionary City program alongside interviews and discussion from historians and interpreters.
American Ideas: Declaring Independence
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Guest123 (guest): Now that we have freedom what is the biggest challenge the nation faces?
wgw (guest): Patrick Henry what was your motivation to give this speech at this time?
Guest17 (guest): What does the "
Diane (guest): Patrick Henry,
David Marsch: Can'
Guest109 (guest): Mr.
Guest750 (guest): Did any known Loyalists decide to become Patriots once the Declaration of Independence happened?
Dmminor999: So when I press the play button on the flag it seems to load but then I have a black screen.
wgw (guest): That is correct.
Dmminor999: ok thank you.
wgw (guest): We will keep you informed.
ArthurBRadley (guest): What was the occasion of Mr.
wgw (guest): TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES:
Dmminor999: thanks for the update.
Diane (guest): Thank you
Guest451 (guest): Good luck with the tech difficulties.
wgw (guest): WE ARE STILL EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.
wgw (guest): WE ARE BEGINNING THE LIVE SHOW NOW,
Guest272 (guest): I have video,
Guest368 (guest): pictures no sound
Guest272 (guest): I have sound
Mary Jo Elliott: I have sound now too!
Erik Johnson: Allright!
wgw (guest): WE ARE LIVE!
Guest115 (guest): Thanks for fixing this!
Guest890 (guest): It was worth the wait!
Guest380 (guest): Huzzah!
Guest890 (guest): Patrick Henry'
rHall (guest): Why did Patrick Henry later oppose the Constitution?
Erik Johnson: Mr.
Diane (guest): Thank you Mr.
David Marsch: does patrick henry feel true liberty was actually achieveable or only some form of comprimise?
wgw (guest): PATRICK HENRY WILL BE LEAVING US SOON AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTIONS.
wgw (guest): THE NEXT SEGMENT IS ABOUT LIBERTY TO SLAVES AND GOV.
Agent368 (guest): Go Jenny!
Guest660 (guest): I don'
Guest380 (guest): Try quitting and then restarting your browser.
Guest660 (guest): Thanks for the help.
David Marsch: were slaved guaranteed freedom if they made it to the end of the war?
Agent368 (guest): Are the ripples of this enslavement of this group of people still being felt today.
ArthurBRadley (guest): Fanny,
wgw (guest): WHEN DOES FREEDOM OF SPEECH INTERFERE WITH THE FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM?
wgw (guest): MEANT FREEDOM!
Guest115 (guest): Thank you to all your living historians/
ArthurBRadley (guest): Greedom made the point more succinctly.
Guest660 (guest): I think I see Gowan Pamphlet in the front row with the black hat.
Esther Schleper: I am really enjoying this live connection to one of my favorite places.
Guest660 (guest): I agree.
Margaret Strolle: Yes,
Erwin Muilwijk: I just fall in;
Margaret Strolle: Joshua Hardcastle was accused of saying derogatory things about Patriot leaders.
Erwin Muilwijk: That should be a libertey in the land of the free?
Esther Schleper: Tar and feathers,
ArthurBRadley (guest): Wasn'
Esther Schleper: Huzzah!
Guest660 (guest): Welcome,
Erwin Muilwijk: hi
Agent368 (guest): Speak it Liz!
Erwin Muilwijk: this is fun as a former re-
Margaret Strolle: Was that a interpeter I just saw run past the camera?
Guest272 (guest): It was Innes
Esther Schleper: Bit different time in history than you usually find yourself in.
Lynn Schrader Doiron: I love this !
Erwin Muilwijk: This isn'
Erwin Muilwijk: Loyalist or patriot,
Margaret Strolle: For the Panel,
Esther Schleper: Good question Maggie.
ArthurBRadley (guest): Any of them g to Stuttgart?
Erwin Muilwijk: To Britain,
Guest660 (guest): It IS Gowen!
Margaret Strolle: little late though.
wgw (guest): WE WILL BE STAYING WITH THIS PROGRAM UNTIL ITS END IN ABOUT 5 MINUTEES.
Guest660 (guest): Thanks so much to all of YOU!
David Marsch: when is the next presentation from wiliamsburg?
Margaret Strolle: I think July maybe
cwconnect: June 21,
David Marsch: ok thanks
Margaret Strolle: And then there is one having to do with elections in the fall
Guest272 (guest): What is the one in June about?
Guest660 (guest): Huzzah!
wgw (guest): JUNE 21ST 7PM THOMAS JEFFERSON,
Guest660 (guest): That should be great!
Margaret Strolle: 18 for CW and about 30 total
wgw (guest): CONTENT-
Diane (guest): Makes me grateful I contribute to Colonial Williamsburg.
Guest272 (guest): Thanks
Guest115 (guest): Fantastic!
Guest660 (guest): I agree.
cwconnect: Thanks for the great discussion.
Katie March: Great job!
Esther Schleper: Will be back,
Erik Johnson: Thank you everyone!
cwconnect: We’ll be posting the archive video later this week.
Dmminor999: so enjoyable!
Diane (guest): Thanks from the heart of Texas
Guest528 (guest): Thank you for another excellent webcast.
Guest660 (guest): Again I say:
Esther Schleper: Fully agree!
Esther Schleper: Colonial Williamsburg is a great experience for all ages.
Esther Schleper: And all nationalities.
Guest660 (guest): A couple of years ago,