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Glossary Term – Event
As the American Revolution began, Governor Dunmore in Virginia offered freedom to slaves of American rebels who fought on the British side.
Glossary Term – Event
Lord Dunmore dissolved the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Glossary Term – Organization
The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first elected assembly of representatives in the British colonies in America. It was established in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. The House of Burgesses was formally dissolved by Lord Dunmore in 1774 on the eve of the American Revolution, however it continued to meet in secret despite Dunmore’s ban.
Glossary Term – Person
Lord Dunmore (1732–1809), or John Murray, was the royal governor of Virginia best remembered for offering freedom to slaves who joined British forces during the American Revolution. After serving in Parliament and as governor of New York, Dunmore became the British royal governor of Virginia in 1771. In 1773, he officially dissolved the Virginia House of Burgesses in response to its efforts to create a Committee of Correspondence; however, the body continued to meet. In 1774, he waged Lord Dunmore’s War against the Shawnees in the Ohio...
Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, contrasts the popular memory of the Revolutionary War with its more complicated realities. She argues that although many of us were taught in school that American support for the Revolution was passionate and unified, it would be better for students to learn that America has always been diverse and that colonists had their own strong political divisions.
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