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Although initially pledging to keep the country out of the European conflict, on April 2, 1917, President Wilson stood before Congress and issued a declaration of war against Germany. "The world must be made safe for democracy," he stated, framing…

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The New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NYSAOWS) was one of the most active women's anti-suffrage groups in the state of New York. The group was formed in April 1895 and consisted of prominent women who fought against the cause of…

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“The Age of Iron” was published by the printing firm of Currier and Ives of New York in 1869. It satirized the woman suffrage movement that was gaining widespread support in America during that time.The woman suffrage movement began in 1848 at the…

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"Agitate - Educate - Legislate." This slogan of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union laid out its goals in the fight against alcohol.  Established in 1874 in Ohio, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) joined the fight for Prohibition, with…

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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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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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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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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…
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