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This document is a proclamation written by King Charles I on January 6, 1630 (1631 by the New Style Calendar), in the hopes of regulating the tobacco trade between England and the British colonies. As the British presence in America grew, it swiftly…

This engraving, attributed to Harry C. Mann, depicts the burning of Jamestown during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676.Bacon’s Rebellion was named after its leader, Nathaniel Bacon, who was an outspoken opponent of Governor Sir William Berkeley. While…

Following American Independence, key political leaders in Virginia pursued the disestablishment the Church of England as the state church of the young state. Initially introduced in 1776 by George Mason in the Virginia Declaration of Rights,…

Maggie Lena Walker was an African American banker, business women and civic leader who overcame adversary and discriminating laws by becoming the first women, white or black, to establish and become the president of a bank in the United States.…

The Federal Reserve System was signed into law on December 23rd, 1913 by President Woodrow Wilson and was sponsored by Virginia State Senator Carter Glass. In 1914 the city of Richmond was selected to be the home to one of the 12 bank central bank…

On November 7, 1774, residents of York boarded the British ship Virginia and dumped two half-chests of tea into the York River. The first Virginia Revolutionary Convention that met in August of that year had adopted a resolution to refuse to purchase…

The 1936 election came on the heels of FDR's second New Deal. This second round of programs included the Social Security Act and the Works Progress Administration. The Democratic Congress also passed tax revision, raising tax rates for those with…

The success of Southwest Virginia's coalfields—lying in Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties—is inexorably linked to the expansion of railroads and to northern capital. After the Civil War, rail companies expanded…

This act from the General Assembly granted William Pennock a government contract for a transportation company. Having a reliable way to transport people and goods across the state is important for a healthy economy. By granting this contract, the…

In April of 1900,  the Seaboard Air Line Railway was chartered, consolidating several railroads into a system with twenty-six hundred miles of track from Virginia to Florida. It also offered mail service as far north as New York over other railroad…
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