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Destination DixieTourism and Southern History$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042374

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042374.001.0001

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“Challenging the Interest and Reverence of all Patriotic Americans”

“Challenging the Interest and Reverence of all Patriotic Americans”

Preservation and the Yorktown National Battlefield

(p.184) (p.185) 8 “Challenging the Interest and Reverence of all Patriotic Americans”
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Sarah M. Goldberger

University Press of Florida

The story of Virginia’s role in the American Revolution, the subject of Sarah M. Goldberger’s essay, traces the development of the Yorktown National Battlefield—one of the most important sites of America’s independence. As Goldberger argues, the development of the site required better road access, the intervention of the federal government, and the work of local preservationists. Significantly, the land required to establish the battlefield had to be purchased from the descendants of slaves who had settled in Yorktown after the Civil War. This, too, was an important part of the history of Yorktown, although one that white preservationists preferred to ignore. Moreover, Jim Crow also marred the site’s history. Eventually, Yorktown National Battlefield came under the purview of the National Park Service, though it has never achieved the success of nearby Colonial Williamsburg in telling the story of the birth of American democracy.

Keywords:   Yorktown National Battlefield, federal government, historic preservation, preservationist, slave descendants, land purchase, National Park Service, Jim Crow

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