Founders or Traitors?

Complimentary Access from May 1, 2013 through May 1, 2014. Founders or Traitors?

from the award-winning Electronic Field Trip Series

Discover the risks the signers of the Declaration of Independence took in The Electronic Field Trip, “Founders or Traitors?” The months of late 1776 were “the times that try men’s souls.” Join Edward Rutledge, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams as they attend a conference with British admiral Lord Howe, hoping to end the American rebellion peacefully.

What is Colonial Williamsburg's Gift to the Nation?

Colonial Williamsburg’s Gift to the Nation offers students an opportunity to interact virtually with historical characters and provides teachers with unique resources to engage students in the study of citizenship and our founding democratic principles.

Statistics from the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress indicate that academic performance in history for students in grades 4 to 8 (the targeted group for Electronic Field Trips) has declined substantially over the past few years. By providing this electronic field trip without charge to schools and home school families, Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its commitment to halt that decline.

  • Available online 24/7 from May 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014
  • On-demand video streaming over the Web
  • Email John Adams
  • Interactive online games
  • Downloadable resources, such as the teacher guide and program script (PDF)
  • Comprehensive classroom lesson plans

We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring this exciting, relevant program into your school or home!

For more information about the Emmy Award-winning series of live, interactive television broadcasts, teacher guides, and online resources, call 1.800.761.8331, email or visit