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At the heart of Virginia's most enduring scandal
. Did Sally Hemings bear Thomas Jefferson's children? Our biographical entry considers the question while providing the most complete online collection of primary documents related to Hemings's life. Readers can peruse everything from an 1873 newspaper interview with Madison Hemings to a more recent report on DNA evidence. And with luck, the historical Sally Hemings does not get lost in the furor. (Image courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
Loving v. Virginia
"Tell the court I love my wife."
In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that interracial marriages were constitutional, striking down a Virginia law. But that's only part of the story. Our entry also tells of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, their love and their perseverance in the face of a system determined to outlaw their marriage. Most of the relevant court documents are linked. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
Indians in Virginia
A broad overview of the history and culture of Virginia's Indians
. Our entry includes information on the languages, religions, and politics of Indians at the time Jamestown was founded. It explains where such information comes from. And, finally, it follows the tribes into the twenty-first century, from assimilation and near cultural annihilation to, for a number of tribes, state recognition. (Image courtesy of The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia)
Early Jamestown Settlement
John Smith, Pocahontas, a famous sea wreck
. The story of Jamestown is epic and familiar, but our entry dives deeper, analyzing the religious and economic politics behind the settlement and the tricky, often violent, relations between the Indians and the English. And links to nearly two dozen primary documents include the remarkable and little known story of the Spaniard Don Diego de Molina. (Image courtesy of Preservation Virginia)
As if you're there
. Working with Google's Earth Outreach team,
has created virtual tours of more than a dozen historic sites across Virginia, from Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest to the Anne Spencer House and Garden to Bacon's Castle. Explore the spaces as if you were actually walking through them and then use our resource to read up on their historical context. (Image courtesy of Google)