"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Making of America: Expansion, Reform, and the Westward Movement

While Virginia was establishing her claim to being “the Mother of Presidents,” nearly a million Virginians left the state between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. This program examines the contributions of Virginians to the new Republic (Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc) as well as the nineteenth-century movement of Virginians to the West and their contributions to settling the American frontier. Using primary sources from Virginians who traveled west, along with reproductions of objects that might have been found on a settler’s Conestoga wagon, students interpret the great migration from Virginia in the decades before the Civil War. This program also looks at the movement of African Americans during the time period, both via slave trade and the Underground Railroad.

Evan Liddiard

Evan Liddiard, Senior Education Specialist

Are you interested in learning more about our interactive video conferencing programs? I can help you schedule a program or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at eliddiard@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9689.

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