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  • Collection: Emergence of Modern America

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The Content and Implications of the Pan-American Trip to Virginia                    This photograph is from a Pan-American trip to Virginia that occurred in 1925. The Richmond Times-Dispatch originally published it on the first page as part of its…

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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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Maggie Lena Walker was an Black woman banker, business leader, and civic leader and was the first woman to establish and become the president of a bank in the United States. Walker was born in 1864 in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother Elizabeth Draper…

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The Federal Reserve System was signed into law on December 23, 1913 by President Woodrow Wilson and was sponsored by Virginia State Senator Carter Glass. In 1914 the city of Richmond was selected to be the home to one of the 12 central bank locations…

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The woman suffrage movement, which succeeded in 1920 with the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, coincided with major national reform movements seeking to improve public education, create public health programs, regulate business and industrial…

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The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL) was founded in 1909 in Richmond. The ESL became one of the most influential suffrage organizations in the country. Among the twenty founding women, Lila Meade Valentine, a Richmond native, was elected the…

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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…

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The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL) was founded in 1909 in Richmond. when eighteen women met at the home of Anne Clay Crenshaw. The league sought to win women the right to vote as a democratic right of tax-paying citizens, which women were.…

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For a significant portion of American history, women were not allowed to vote. Although they were considered citizens with rights equal to men, voting was considered a privilege and not a right and thus not extended to women. In the 1910s, women…

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Richmond native Lila Meade Valentine was born in 1865 and devoted much of her life to advocating education and health-care reform and woman suffrage. In 1909, Valentine cofounded the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia (ESL) and was elected the…
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