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The second quarter of the nineteenth century was dominated by reform movements:  the Second Great Awakening, abolition, women’s suffrage, utopian societies, free public schools, and reforms of prisons, hospitals, and mental institutions. All…

The Southern Illustrated News was printed in Richmond from 1862 to 1865. The cartoon lampoons Lincoln’s revolving door of generals that had faced—and lost to—Southern armies in Virginia. After General Winfield Scott retired at the beginning of…

Along with the abolition of slavery, women's rights were also a topic for reformers. The woman suffrage movement began in 1848 at the first woman's rights convention, which was held in Seneca Falls, New York, with the participants calling for…

After nearly two decades of legal challenges against racial segregation in public schools and higher education, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that school segregation was…

After nearly two decades of legal challenges against racial segregation in public schools and higher education, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that school segregation was…

This guide map shows some of the first park boundaries, ranger stations, trails and more of the Shenandoah National Park in 1937. In 1924 the federal government began looking for land in the southern Appalachian Mountains to create a large national…

2nd Lt. Alice C. Thompson, L-201903, is shown with a WAC (Women's Army Corps) Honor Platoon that received Good Conduct Ribbons as one of the features of WAC Day, Saturday, February 19, 1944. The ribbons were awarded to enlisted personnel who had…

This photograph depicts a corn field on a farm, close to two buildings. A staple food source, corn was and still remains one of the major crops grown in Virginia. As the population increased the demand for corn also grew, bringing about the concept…

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During the Revolutionary War in 1781, an enslaved African American man named Billy, owned by John Tayloe, was indicted for "feloniously and traitorously" joining the British. He was captured and tried for treason, yet pled not guilty and testified…

In 1790 the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society, led by Benjamin Franklin, submitted a plea to Congress to end slavery. Congress considered the pettion and formed a committee for further examination. They debated what was and was not within their…
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