American Independence. Virginia. Jamestown was a success and grew into the colony of Virginia, the largest and wealthiest British colony Many of the influences of American democracy came from Virginia The Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom , which created a tradition of religious freedom
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The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became the model for the U.S. Bill of Rights
“The question before the House is an awful moment to this country… I consider it nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery… Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
“That all men are by nature equally free and independent… and when they enter into society they cannot by any compact deprive… namely the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property…”
“I was delighted with its high tone and flights of oratory with which it abounded, especially concerning Negro slavery, which, though I knew his southern brethren would never suffer to pass in Congress, I certainly would never oppose…”(Adams writing from 1776, taken from John Adams by David McCullough, Simon & Schuster; 2001, p.121)