House of Burgesses


Directed by Meredith Jackson

The Role of Virginia in the Early Events of the American Revolution

Goal: Delegates will be working to decide if Virginia is ready for independence from the British Empire.

Subtopic A: On the Home Front- War affects all aspects of life, and the home front is no exception. The events such as the Intolerable Acts and the actions of the royal governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, had ripple effects throughout the large colony of Virginia. Delegates in the House of Burgesses will need to come up with solutions on how Virginia will handle the occurrences in the colony on the eve of the American Revolution.

Subtopic B: Independence- While major events of the American Revolution took place in Virginia, many other major events took place outside of it. These events include the Boston Massacre, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the Olive Branch Petition, which all culminated into America eventually fighting for its independence. Delegates will have to find solutions on how to respond to these happenings that, even though have taken place outside of Virginia, have affected the original thirteen colonies as a whole; they must also answer the question if Virginia is ready to fight for its independence with the rest of the colonies.

This is a single delegation committee.