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Matthew Howard is a young boy growing up on [[UsefulNotes/TheColonialPeriod the colonial Virginian frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.

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Matthew Howard is a young boy growing up on [[UsefulNotes/TheColonialPeriod [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies the colonial Virginian frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.


Matthew Howard is a young boy growing up on [[TheColonialPeriod the colonial Virginian frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.

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Matthew Howard is a young boy growing up on [[TheColonialPeriod [[UsefulNotes/TheColonialPeriod the colonial Virginian frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.


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Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Matt (Grant), now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast Protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].

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Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Matt (Grant), now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his new wife, [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Jane]] (Martha Scott), and her Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast Protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].


A 1940 historical drama directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Creator/CaryGrant, based on the novel ''The Tree of Liberty'' by Elizabeth Page.



Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast Protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].

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Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, Matt (Grant), now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast Protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].



* UptownGirl: Jane is a Tidewater Belle, and Mattie a hick from the foothills.

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* UptownGirl: Jane is a Tidewater Belle, and Mattie a hick from the foothills.


Matthew Howard is a young boy growing up on [[TheColonialPeriod the colonial Virginian frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.

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Matthew Howard is a young boy growing up on [[TheColonialPeriod the colonial Virginian frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[SevenYearsWar [[UsefulNotes/SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.


[[TheColonialPeriod Matthew Howard]] is a young boy growing up on the colonial Virginian frontier in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.

Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].

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[[TheColonialPeriod Matthew Howard]] Howard is a young boy growing up on [[TheColonialPeriod the colonial Virginian frontier frontier]] in the 1750s. Strapping and energetic, he protests his schoolmaster's attempts to prod his study of [[SmartPeopleKnowLatin Latin]] by declaring that he doesn't want to learn noun declensions, he wants "to go to Ohio". Then a military messenger arrives with the news that young Mattie's father, a colonial militiaman, has died in [[SevenYearsWar Gen. Braddock's expedition]]. The young boy is urged to continue his studies to live up to his father's hopes.

Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast protests Protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].



* BadassBoast: On the part of Patrick Henry.
* DarkestHour: The Valley Forge scene.



* UptownGirl: Jane is a Tidewater Belle, and Mattie a hick from the foothills.

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* UptownGirl: Jane is a Tidewater Belle, and Mattie a hick from the foothills.HistoricalDomainCharacter: Gen. Washington, we presume?



* BadassBoast: on the part of Patrick Henry.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Gen. Washington, we presume?



* DarkestHour: the Valley Forge scene.

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* DarkestHour: UptownGirl: Jane is a Tidewater Belle, and Mattie a hick from the Valley Forge scene.foothills.


* AudioErotica: "Shenandoah!"


* BadassBoast: on the part of Patrick Hentry.

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* BadassBoast: on the part of Patrick Hentry.Henry.

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* AudioErotica: "Shenandoah!"

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* DarkestHour: the Valley Forge scene.


* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Although to its credit the film sets out the origins of the conflict

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Although to its credit the film sets out the origins of the conflict clearly, there is little raising of any alternatives to a slide into armed conflict.


* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Although to its credit the film sets out the origins of the conflict [[

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Although to its credit the film sets out the origins of the conflict [[

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* UptownGirl: Jane is a Tidewater Belle, and Mattie a hick from the foothills.


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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Although to its credit the film sets out the origins of the conflict [[


Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]][[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].

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Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent. [[BadassBoast protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds]][[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized builds]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].



* RoseTintedNarrative: Arguably, as the British are off stage actors whose perspective does not complicate the story.





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* RoseTintedNarrative: Arguably, as the British are off stage actors whose perspective does not complicate the story.




story.


Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent for the first time. [[BadassBoast protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds into open warfare]].

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Fast forward ten years, past the end of the war. Mattie, now a young man, sits in the colonial legislature, having successfully proven his worth to his [[SouthernBelle new wife]]'s Tidewater family. The newlyweds have purchased land in Albamarle County's Shenandoah Valley, where Mattie has built them a house and purchased slaves to grow tobacco. Then, in 1765, the British Parliament passes the Stamp Act, for the first time directly taxing the colonies without their legislatures' consent for the first time.consent. [[BadassBoast protests ensue]], and the act is repealed, but [[RisingEmpire the repeal isn't clean]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Conflict builds builds]][[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized into open warfare]].

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