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This series of videos prepared by the University of Virginia Center for Politics under a grant from the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission reviews various speeches and events surrounding the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America. The events and speeches, which feature prominent media figures, historians and politicians, including President George W. Bush, introduce our nation to the history of Jamestown and how it has served as a foundation for democracy for the past 400 years.

Briefly tracks the journey of the Englishmen who landed on the banks of the James River in 1607 in pursuit of wealth and established the first English colony in the Americas. Video continues to discuss how the original House of Burgesses formed the basis of modern-day democracy and the significance of Jamestown – “the birthplace of our nation.”
Chapter 1
The first chapter begins with a speech by Virginia Governor George Allen who officially launched the Commemoration Commission in 1997. The video speaks to the Commission’s coordination of hundreds of events including its of the Godspeed’s journey and a celebration of the 225th anniversary of the victory at Yorktown.
Chapter 2
The second chapter of this series shows clips of a three-day event held at Anniversary Park to celebrate America’s 400th anniversary and the broadcast from the International Space Station that kicked off the event in May of 2007. This video also features an address from the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, and his Vice President Dick Cheney who each speak of Virginia’s irreplaceable role in establishing our nation.
Chapter 3
The two trips of Queen Elizabeth to Jamestown – first in 1957 more recently in 2007 – highlight a number of events conducted by the British in to participate in the celebration. The chapter also covers other events such as the trip across the pond made by a sixteen-person Virginia Indian delegation.
Chapter 4
PBS Moderator and Managing Editor of “Washington Week,” Gwen Ifill, hosts Jamestown Live, a dynamic conversation between students, members of Indians tribes, notable historians and former astronaut, Kathryn Thorton. Jamestown Live covers the founding of North America’s first permanent English settlement and the subsequent interaction between the Virginia Indians, Europeans and Africans.
Chapter 5
The fifth chapter covers a series of youth summits beginning with the International Youth Democracy Summit held at the University of Virginia in August of 2006. Key speakers include Dr. Larry Sabato, Governor Timothy Kaine, Senior Correspondent for Fox News and NPR, Juan Williams, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor and John Roberts, and various American ambassadors. Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5
Chapter 6
This video delves into the world of archaeology and how ten years of excavation can tell us an extraordinary amount about the fort constructed by the early settlers of Jamestown. It also maps the expeditions led by Captain John Smith who first mapped the Chesapeake Bay.
The epilogue of this series reflects upon eighteen months of events that explored early Jamestown and celebrated American history. Speeches by current and former senators, congressmen and chief justices presented by the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission are just some of the highlights featured here. Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5, Pt. 6, Pt. 7, Pt. 8, Pt. 9