Category: Virginia

Culture in New Virgina

Virginia’s society represented the full class spectrum–Native Americans, wealthy landowners, day laborers, and slaves. This diversity provided a backdrop of cultures to make up one new Virginia culture. Here is a painting of slaves dancing in new Virginia. Music The…

Religion in the New State of Virginia

Religion in Colonial Virginia was largely Anglican. It was, by law, supported with taxes until October 1776 when the “Ten-thousand Name” petition (by Dissenters, Baptists and Baptist sympathizers) were able to end the established Anglican church. The battle for institutionalization of religious…

Virginia – Women

Fashion Many style modes truly originated in France in the early 1700s. But the colonists believed that England was the source for all the latest trends and fashions of the time. When the new nation was born Revolutionary leaders believed…

Federal Constitution

The Supporters A few Virginian delegates, such as James Madison (known as the father of the constitution), along with John Marshall, and Governor Edmund Randolph, were supporters of the federal constitution. William Roland, David Patterson, George Parker, Paul Carrington. W.O. Callis, Cole…

Native Americans in Virginia, 1780s

The population of Native Americans in Virginia, by the 1780s, had declined to just a few Algonquian reservations. These included the Pamunkey, Mattaponi, Nansemond, Gingaskin, and only one of the powerful Iroquois, the Nottoway. Two of these reservations still remain today,…

Slaves – Virginia

  The leaders of Virginia began debating what “Liberty” meant after the British surrendered at Yorktown, in 1782. They decided to relax the limits on the emancipation of personal slaves. The limits were originally created so that slave owners would…

Constitution of Virginia

The Constitution of Virginia, created on July 29, 1776, established the role of the government and the rights’ of the people living in Virginia. One of the most radical parts of the constitution is section five, where the powers of…

Economy of Virginia

“The class with, and class without property.”–James Madison Virginia’s economic turmoil was one more of clashes between those wanting repayments for their debts and those needing time and specie in order to make those payments. Even though the Virginia legislature…