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  • Collection: Expansion and Reform

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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 strived…

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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…

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CONTENT WARNING: Materials in the Library of Virginia's collections contain historical terms, phrases, and images that are offensive to modern readers. These include demeaning and dehumanizing references to race, ethinicity, and nationality; enslaved…

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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…

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CONTENT WARNING: Materials in the Library of Virginia's collections contain historical terms, phrases, and images that are offensive to modern readers. These include demeaning and dehumanizing references to race, ethinicity, and nationality; enslaved…

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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,…

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The Map of Spain and Portugal                 When examining the map of Spain and Portugal for the first time, the effort that the cartographer put into each aspect is seen. The map contains many details that the cartographer drew with precision.…

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CONTENT WARNING: Materials in the Library of Virginia's collections contain historical terms, phrases, and images that are offensive to modern readers. These include demeaning and dehumanizing references to race, ethinicity, and nationality; enslaved…

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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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Portrait of Simón BolívarThis portrait depicts Simón Bolívar, leader of the movement for independence of Spanish American colonies. Little is known about this antique portrait, and many aspects remain a mystery. It was painted during the lifetime of…
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