A picture book and its complementary text follows the progress of thought and ideas that had its distillation in Colonial Williamsburg and underlines the point that the restoration is more than a museum, or a shrine, or a monument, in that it is the proof of man's heritage of the right to individual freedom, community self-government, and the connection that should exist between morals and government. The impulses toward freedom are traced from Egypt to Greece, Italy and Christianity, from barbarian invasion to English history and through the burgeoning of American independence centered and focused around and in Williamsburg. The illustrations either are symbolical of an expression in the text or are direct representations of people or situations or places; most are photographs but others are reproductions of portraits, pamphlets, contemporary pictures, etc. Allan Nevins, in his introduction, pays tribute to George Mason of Gunston Hall and his Virginia Declaration of Rights is given in full in the book. An emphatic consideration of the guidelines of freedom, this is a manifestation of strong belief and personal preoccupation and sounds a call to a ""fighting counter-attack"" since eternal vigilance is not enough. Good for schoolroom use as well as adult education.