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The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL) was founded in 1909 in Richmond. when eighteen women met at the home of Anne Clay Crenshaw. The league sought to win women the right to vote as a democratic right of tax-paying citizens, which women were.…

Antonio Sansone was born in 1856 in Termini Imerese, Sicily, and immigrated to the United States in 1880.  By 1899, he had established Antonio Sansone & Company, a wholesale dealer of fruit located on East Main Street, near the city market, in…

This broadside was circulated in Staunton, Virginia, sometime between 1900 and 1919. In it, the women of Staunton asked the men in their community to vote in favor of prohibition, or the legal elimination of alcohol consumption and sale. The women…

This 1924 application for marriage shows how an individual had to indicate that he or she was not "a habitual criminal, idiot, imbecile, hereditary epileptic or insane person” to be given the right to marry. In addition, an individual also had to…

Legalized segregation and the subsequent disfranchisement of American blacks, as well as the illegal terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan in its several incarnations, received heavy criticism in much of the American press, black and white. The…

World War I required the marshaling of the resources of the United States as never before. Industries that were geared to the production of automobiles, sewing machines, etc., were shifted to the production of war material—guns and new weapons such…

Richmond native Lila Meade Valentine was born in 1865 and devoted much of her life to advocating education and health-care reform and woman suffrage. In 1909, Valentine cofounded the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL) and was elected the…

Coal is Virginia’s most valuable mineral resource.  The first coal mines in Virginia were developed in the 1790s.  Coal was carried from the mines in the Triassic Basin near Midlothian in Chesterfield County to the manufacturing facilities along…

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World War I required the marshalling of the resources of the United States as never before.  Industries that were geared to the production of automobiles, sewing machines, etc., were shifted to the production of war material-guns, new weapons such…

In 1902 Louisiana became the first state to pass a statute requiring mandatory segregation of streetcars. It was followed by Mississippi in 1904. That same year, Virginia authorized, but did not require, segregated streetcars in all of its cities,…
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