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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…

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 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…

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 document shows that in 1708, Ann Walker was granted permission by the government to attend the church of her choice -- the Church of England. Prior to this Ann had experienced issues with her husband George, who was not a member of the Church of…

On the eve of the passage of the Statute for Religious Freedom, numerous citizens and religious denominations bombarded the General Assembly with petitions advocating both for and against a tax (called an "assessment") to support Protestant…

During the eighteenth century, voting was considered a privilege, not a right. Although governmental bodies, such as the House of Burgesses, were meant to be representative, a majority of people could not actually vote. A voter in early Virginia had…

After the Revolutionary War began, Virginia began to raise a militia for defense. Baptist leaders petitioned the third Virginia Revolutionary Convention requesting permission for Baptist ministers to preach to soldiers who did not wish to attend…

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…

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…
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