Mary Johnson Could Cure ‘Cancer’ in Colonial Virginia

Dateline: Virginia, 3 and 9 December 1748: She had testimonials of her cures. Doctors of the day were baffled. She appeared before the House of Burgesses to prove her claims. What did the Burgesses think?

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Removing a Religious Nonconformist from Office

Dateline: Virginia, 1663. What happens when someone hangs out with Quakers? This brief post explains, in part, why the constitutional Founders adopted the First and Sixth Amendments 120 years later: Freedom of religion and no religious test.

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Virginia Governor Defies Cromwell’s House of Commons

Dateline: Virginia, March 1651: The Governor is Sir William Berkeley. King Charles I was beheaded in 1649, and Oliver Cromwell took over and declared England a Republic. Did the Governor and the Grand Assembly approve of the beheading and the new government back in England? Look for the word bloody.

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