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Was This Jamestown Governor the Father of American Democracy?

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Was This Jamestown Governor the Father of American Democracy?

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In 1619, the newly appointed governor of Jamestown made history: he convened 22 elected members of a burgeoning commonwealth, creating the first democratic assembly in America.

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Most people think of Jamestown as the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, but new scientific research has revealed another prominent figure from America's first English colony. Discover the story of Sir George Yeardley, a commoner who became governor and went on to preside over the birth of the nation's democracy. Follow a team of archaeologists as they excavate the 1617 church where, according to English tradition, the leaders of the colony were buried, including our country's least known and first founding father.

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