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American Civil War in Virginia
A broad overview of Virginia's oversized, critical role in America's bloodiest conflict.
Our entry includes a run-down of familiar battles and leaders, but readers will also find information on less-known topics, such as Confederate civil liberties and slavery and freedom in this time of huge transitions. How did J. E. B. Stuart get revenge on his Unionist father-in-law? Read and find out.
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.
First among the Founders.
George Washington isn't just one of the most famous Virginians in history; he is one of the most famous Americans. Our entry offers a balanced assessment of his life in war and peace, complemented by numerous primary documents and hard-to-find images and audio recordings. Check out Martha Washington's wedding shoes!
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.
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.