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“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 time,…

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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…

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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; however,…

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In 1924, Virginia passed the Racial Integrity Act, which was designed to stop the “intermixture” of whites and African Americans. This banned interracial marriage by requiring marriage applicants to identify their race as white, colored, or mixed.…

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After the Civil War, the temperance movement swept the nation. Starting with Maine in 1851, states and localities around the country held referendums to let its citizens vote whether or not to ban alcohol. In 1886, Virginia adopted the “Local…

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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 Document Bank of Virginia resource has two entries; click the titles below to read more.Prejudice Behind the BeautyThis Document Bank of Virginia entry has been contributed by University of Richmond student Meghann Lewis (LAIS 309- Spanish…

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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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Letter of the Respected Spanish Admiral In August 1898, Admiral Pascual Cervera wrote a brief letter to Lieutenant Commander Moore that said exactly: “(Lieutenant) Commander Moore, Este … no te conoce, ni …  tu paradero. Very respectfully, (signature…

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The Atrocities Committed by the Spanish Crown Against the Indigenous AmericansBartolomé de Las Casas, a defender of indigenous people’s rights, wrote a book about the atrocities committed against a group of indigenous people in the West Indies. The…
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