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In Virginia and other Southern states

In Virginia and other Southern states, agriculture continued to shape the landscape, economy, and culture.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

In Virginia and other Southern states

Images of the Era: 1815-1851

Following the War of 1812, a stronger sense of national unity emerged in the United States. As America expanded westward, however, attempts to spread slavery into those new territories seriously divided the nation.