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"Agitate - Educate - Legislate." This slogan of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union laid out its goals in the fight against alcohol.  Established in 1874 in Ohio, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) joined the fight for Prohibition,…

“The Saloon Must Go,” proclaimed the banner of the Anti-Saloon League. Formed in 1893 in Ohio, the Anti-Saloon League published hundreds of fliers, articles, cartoons, magazines, and even an encyclopedia in its fight for Prohibition. By this…

By the turn of the century, the call for Prohibition had become a national issue, espoused by many politicians and pushed by several strong organizations. The American Temperance Society, started in 1826, acted as a support group for members who took…

The Progressive Movement was rooted in the idea that the government should improve the lives of its citizens. Most of the accomplishments, including the 40-hour work week, women’s suffrage, and direct election of senators, benefited society;…

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 Virginia Declaration of Rights was drafted by George Mason and later was adopted on June 12, 1776. The Virginia Declaration of Rights was written after the members of Virginia's fifth Revolutionary Convention voted in favor to prepare for a new…

This piece titled “Adoption of the Virginia Declaration of Rights” was painted in 1974 by Jack Clifton. Clifton, who was commissioned by the Jamestown Foundation to paint a depiction of the first legislative assembly at Jamestown, painted the…

In 1787 during the Constitutional Convention, tension rose out of the new addition to the Constitution. After the founders wrote the Constitution, they needed nine states to ratify it before it became law. George Mason, who was the author of Virginia…

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,…

This document shows an article that was originally published in Life Magazine on March 18, 1966, written on the Lovings following the Virginia Supreme Court decision to uphold the 1924 Act to Preserve Racial Integrity Act. The case surrounds the…
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