About this Website

This website, created by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation with support from a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, draws upon Colonial Williamsburg's eighteenth-century collections to provide visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich interconnected nature of life in a revolutionary world. Revolutionary Williamsburg was at the core of networks of people, goods, and thoughts that bound the eighteenth-century British Empire‚Äôs largest and oldest mainland North American province to the rest of the globe. Using Williamsburg as a window into a revolutionary world, the website encourages visitors to share in the story of the collapse of the British Empire and the making of an American nation through the same myriad influences that shaped the perspectives of the extraordinary people—free and enslaved, women and men, rich and poor, Native American and European—who transformed the Atlantic world in the second half of the eighteenth century.

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The creation of this website was partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and has been designated a We the People project. We are extremely grateful to the NEH for its support.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We also thank the Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Kern funds support scholarship devoted to religious history, including the centrality of religion in everyday life and the struggle for religious liberty in the period 1750-1800.

Website Advisory Panel

Fred Anderson
Ira Berlin
Laurent Dubois
Jack Greene
Ronald Hoffman
Rhys Isaac
James Merrell
Crandall Shifflett
Alan Taylor
Gordon S. Wood
Rosemarie Zagarri

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