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The Second Charter of Virginia,

The Virginia Company of London

The Second Virginia Charter is one of the founding documents of the United States. Written at the very beginning of the colonial period, the Second Virginia Charter extended the "rights of Englishmen" to colonists.

What were the rights…

The First Charter of Virginia,

The Virginia Company of London

The First Virginia Charter is one of the founding documents of the United States. Written at the very beginning of the colonial period, the First Virginia Charter extended the "rights of Englishmen" to colonists.

What were the rights of…

Virtual Tours at the Virginia State Capitol,

Commonwealth of Virginia

This website provides virtual tours of the past, present, and future of Virginia's State Capitol. With tour guides such as George Washington and members of the recent restoration team, users can explore different aspects of the Capitol's history and role in Virginia government.

Our Documents,

National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, US Freedom Corps

This website highlights 100 primary source documents that shaped United States history. Documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Plan, the Civil Rights Act, and the Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps. Each source has detailed information about the document, an image of the original document, a document transcript, and high-resolution pdfs. The website also contains Tools for Educators, with guides on integrating these important documents into the classroom. Want to know what James Madison’s handwriting looks like, and why what he wrote was important? This is the place for you.

Amendments to the Constitution (Excerpt from the Constitution of Virginia),

Virginia General Assembly

This one-page excerpt from the Virginia constitution discusses the process of adding amendments to the constitution.

Which branch(es) of government are responsible for amending Virginia's constitution? How do voters participate in the…

iCitizen Forum Video Library,

iCitizen Forum

The iCitizen Forum is a project created by Colonial Williamsburg that "promotes understanding of the balance between rights and responsibilities in a historical context." The video library contains a number of interviews with scholars and other public figures about democracy and government in the United States. Those who are particularly technologically inclined can also follow the project's YouTube channel.

Marbury v. Madison (1803),

U.S. Supreme Court

This document provides the text of the landmark Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison (1803), the first Supreme Court case which declared an act of Congress illegal. That action created a legal precedent of Judicial Review.

Virginia Constitution, 1971 and Today,

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia signed its first constitution in 1776 upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, there have been frequent amendments and six major revisions to the constitution: 1830, 1851, 1864, 1870, 1902, and 1971. Our current…

Virginia Constitution, 1864,

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia signed its first constitution in 1776 upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, there have been frequent amendments and six major revisions to the constitution: 1830, 1851, 1864, 1870, 1902, and 1971. Our current…

Virginia Constitution, 1851,

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia signed its first constitution in 1776 upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, there have been frequent amendments and six major revisions to the constitution: 1830, 1851, 1864, 1870, 1902, and 1971. Our current…