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This document is the first page of a treatise that was first issued by King James I (1566–1625) in 1604 and later received a new printing in 1674. He was the King of Great Britain from 1603 until his death in 1625. The first English ruler from the…

Molly Pitcher is a fabled figure said to have fought during the Revolutionary War. Women served in many capacities during the Revolution, doing everything from laundry to serving as armed and uniformed soldiers. The name “Molly Pitcher” is a…

These two engravings by the Scottish-born artist William Charles (1776–1820) contrast the resistance—or lack thereof—to British the invasions of Alexandria, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812. Having their cities under…

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…

Tobacco has been a major part of Virginia commerce for three and a half centuries. The brands of early tobacco art usually took the form of the planters' brand that makers used to distinguish their crop. Most planters used a form of their initials to…

By the early 1870s, bicycles and tricycles using wire-spoked wheels were common, particularly in England. James Starley of Coventry introduced the Ariel in 1871, and, with modifications, the design gained popularity and later became known as an…

In 1907, Virginia honored the 300th anniversary of the English settlement at Jamestown with an exposition. Modeled after many national fairs of the era, the Jamestown Ter-centennial Exhibition contained exhibits, representative buildings of the…

The Planters Peanut Company opened its first mass-processing plant in Suffolk, Virginia, in 1913. Having gained popularity after the Civil War, peanuts became a major cash crop for the state. By the turn of the twentieth century, economic emphasis…

During the 1920s a dramatic change in communication and entertainment emerged for Americans. Radio allowed people to connect with others across the country and eventually the world. The cover of the November 1924 issue of Wireless Age shows how new…
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