220 } early american literature: volume 40, number 1 ``The Atlantic World and Virginia, 15501624'' Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference In 1907, when the United States marked the tercentennial of the founding of Virginia, civic celebration predominated. The rare reflective moment usually pondered the antiquity of representative government or the spread of Christianity to the Western Hemisphere. More usual was 1907's version of reenactment: Captain John Smith and Pocahontas reincarnated on Broadway to preside over the first of Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies. Five months later, they reprised their most famous scene in the musical ``Princess Pocahontas,'' a show whose plot revealed that the Princess really loved John Rolfe, not Smith, and that her grandfather (Powhatan's sire) was Irish. In 2007, I do not doubt that reenactors will perform their rites. But the current fetish for authenticity in that community will reign in any fanciful elaborations of the ancient actions. Meanwhile, in March of 2004, the community of scholars performed their own presentation of the past in the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture's conference, ``The Atlantic World and Virginia,'' held in Williamsburg. The task of the meeting was to retell the story of
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Feb 17, 2005
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