Week 4 Question

“Greater Virginia” continuously brings up the idea of an “English Nation” that was formed in Virginia.  The community was similar to that of Britain, as were the social classes.  The people were called Englishmen living in a different area.  Yet we know that 150 years later, these so-called Brits would be calling themselves Americans, and would name Great Britain as its greatest enemy.  My question is this: How does distance affect one’s sentiments towards his/her government?  3,000 miles separated Britain from their American colonies; is this why the colonies revolted?  Richmond is located near the center of Virginia; is this why Virginians have historically been very proud and supportive of their government?

Zack Francis

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