Witness to Revolution: Growing Up in Williamsburg During the American Revolution


In the heart of Williamsburg, Virginia, in the tumultuous era of the 1770s, the lives of three young children intertwine—forever bound to the destiny of a nation on the brink of rebellion. James and John Southall, spirited sons of esteemed tavern keepers and their kind-hearted friend, Rebecca Anderson, stand witness to the turbulent events unfolding during Virginia’s tense political struggle with Great Britain.

Around the dining and gaming tables of their families’ taverns, Virginia’s leaders gather, and debates rage on about how far to go to oppose the British government. James, John and Rebecca absorb every whispered word, their hearts heavy with the weight of uncertainty. How far will their beloved Virginia go to challenge the mighty British empire?

When the dispute with Britain intensifies in 1774 and turns bloody in 1775, James, John and Rebecca grapple with their growing role in this fight for freedom. Too young to be directly involved, each still realizes that what is occurring in Virginia and the other colonies will greatly impact them—and each has a different reaction to what becomes a full-fledged revolution by 1776. A key question lingers in the air amongst the smoke of gunfire: will revolution strengthen their friendship, or destroy it?

Michael and Jennifer Cecere

2023, 6x9, paper, 238 pp.

ISBN: 9780788429750