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James Madison Map of Virginia 1807.jpg
This map shows Virginia as it was in the early 1800s, when many people were beginning to move from the fairly settled eastern shore into the western parts of the state. It was surveyed under the supervision of James Madison.Citation: Madison, James,…

johnnybull1.jpg
These two engravings by the Scottish-born artist William Charles (1776–1820) contrast the resistance—or lack thereof—to the British invasions of Alexandria, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812. Having their cities under attack…

1812slaves.jpg
In December 1814, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent which was ratified by Congress in February 1815 and officially ended what came to be known as the War of 1812. As part of this treaty, England agreed to turn over to…

Melish_72.jpg
This map depicts the United States following a rapid territorial expansion due to the Louisiana Purchase. Completed in 1803, the Purchase gave the United States approximately 828,000,000 square miles of territory from French emperor, Napoleon…

ShortCatechism.pdf
This broadside is a criticism of actions of the Democratic Party in the 1830s. In an attempt to discredit the organization, the author attacks the Democratic Party's pro-black policies and actions, including a Democratic Vice President having a…

slavemarket.jpg
This broadside is an 1836 publication by the American Anti-Slavery Society. The broadside highlights the group’s opposition to slavery through quotations from the Bible and some of America’s Founding Documents. In the 1830s, moves were made to…

Phelps_72.jpg
In 1850, the United States was embroiled in the slave vs. free state debate as more territories were being added to the Union. Recently elected President Zachary Taylor opposed any legislation that would address the problem, and felt that the issue…

VirginiaSprings.jpg
Western Virginia's mineral-spring resorts were extremely popular in the nineteenth century. Travelers from throughout the United States, but especially from the South, visited the resorts, taking the "cure" and enjoying the bucolic rural landscapes…

BuchananTicket.jpg
James Buchanan  served as America’s 15th president from 1857 to 1861. While he was in office, seven Southern states seceded from the Union. Originally from Pennsylvania, the only president with that claim, Buchanan began his political career in his…

Monument Dedicated to Lewis and Clark, 1939.jpg
This document shows a photograph, taken in 1939, of one of the monuments that stands in Charlottesville, Virginia, dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Named after its leaders, Virginia natives Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the Lewis…
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