Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"We Must Fight! Patrick Henry and Lord Dunmore"
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Virginia's Revolution was less the result of events than of personalities; less the product of a misunderstanding than of a mutual conviction that "After all, we must fight." Those were Patrick Henry's words, and when they are compared to Lord Dunmore's December 24 reply to the king's rebuke, "these Virginians should be made to suffer the misery of which they themselves are the author," it is clear that Henry and Dunmore were of one mind about the inevitability of war. Had it not taken weeks for the governor's letters to reach London, he might have been stopped. Had Henry not been an oratorical force of nature, Virginians might have given peace a chance. But both men were effectively beyond recall, and what they achieved together, revolution and war—though it would later be ascribed to political differences—was actually the result of irreconcilable similarities in character aggravated by contempt on one side and a bottomless need for revenge on the other. George Morrow II will deliver the 12th Annual Governor Henry Lecture, sponsored by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Hampden-Sydney College, and the Library of Virginia. Morrow is the author and publisher of a book series entitled "Williamsburg in Character," which focuses on people living in Williamsburg during the Revolution. Some are well known, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry; some, like Kitty Eustace Blair, Lord Dunmore, Arthur Lee, and Robert Carter Nicholas are either totally new to readers or presented in a new light.

You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.

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