American Revolution – A Movement Toward Freedom

by  Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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What was life like for those who fought in the American Revolution? What were the perspectives of the different people living in the colonies at that time – Virginia farm families, artisans, enslaved people and American Indians to name a few? Through inquiry-based exploration of artifacts and primary source documents, students gain a better understanding of the American Revolution and the important roles individuals and groups played in winning independence from England.

To book or for more information, please contact:
Sally Stook
(757) 243-4391

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About This Program


By Request: $75.00

$50 for Virginia Schools!



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has a change fee policy:
• Organizations will be allowed one free change to their reservation.
• Each additional adjustment will incur a fee of $25.
• Changes occurring within seven days prior to scheduled program will incur a fee of $25.
• Change is defined as an adjustment to the date, time, and type of program.

Please send reschedule or cancelation requests to group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov or call 757-253-4949. Fees will be waived due to school delay/closing or select technical problems.

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Williamsburg , VA
United States

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia offering programs and resources about early American history through its museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. 

Our Mission 

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation shall foster through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation. 

Virtual Learning 

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer a range of virtual learning experiences for classrooms unable to travel to the museums or participate in a Virginia outreach program. 

Using Zoom or your classroom’s virtual learning platform, students can join a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation educator as they explore early Virginia and United States history together. Topics examine the Powhatan Indians, early English settlement at Jamestown, three cultures that converged in Virginia, causes and events of the American Revolution and stories of real people who shaped our early history. These inquiry-based educational programs are designed to be interactive and thought provoking, allowing students to explore the past while honing their skills in critical thinking, communication and historical thinking. 

Shannon Kuster

Program Details


1. This program will begin with an introduction and discussion of mercantilism and daily life in the colonies.
2. We will discuss the importance of agriculture in Virginia and its influence on the institution of slavery.
3. We will discuss the dissatisfaction over new restrictions and taxes put in place by the British.
4. We then will discover the roles of Virginians in the American Revolution.
5. We will discuss the colonial victory and will end with a Question and Answer session.


· The students will demonstrate knowledge of life in colonial Virginia and how money, barter, and credit were used.

· The students will demonstrate an understanding of life in the Virginia colony by explaining the importance of agriculture and its influence on the institution of slavery.

· Dissatisfaction over new restrictions and taxes put in place by the British was a call for citizen action to demonstrate resistance against the British government.

· The students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by identifying the various roles of American Indians, whites, enslaved African-Americans, free African-Americans and women in the Revolutionary War era.

· The colonial victory in the Revolutionary War was made possible by strong military leadership and effective diplomacy

Standards Alignment

National Standards

VA Sol's: SOL VS 4, 4D, SOL VS 4a, SOL VS 5, SOL VS 5b, SOL VS 5c
USI.6, USI.5

State Standards

Virginia SOLs: VS.1; VS.4, VS.5; USI.1; USI.5; USI.6.