The Impact of Culture on Politics

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Old Dominion University | The Impact of Culture on Virginia Politics | POLS 311 | Geraldine Pearman

Geraldine Pearman
Virginia History and Politics
Dr. Pelletier
Fall 2015
The Impact of Culture on Virginia Politics
A culture can be defined as a way of life of a group of people- their behaviors, beliefs, values that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next. It also includes the customs, arts, literature, morals/values and traditions of a particular society or group (Virginia Encyclopedia). Culture can also be considered as a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in places or organizations. This topic is of huge importance to our society mainly in the state of
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The title, Commonwealth of Virginia, has been used in official records ever since. Only three states besides Virginia adopted the name commonwealth including Kentucky, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Virginia held the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, which was founded by the British in 1607. Three ships-Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, left the docks at Blackwell in East London for a long and grueling four and a half month voyage to establish Jamestown. Virginia’s history is deeply rooted in the formation of America. The men who traveled on the voyage to the new colony wanted a change. They wanted new adventures and an advancement in their class.
The early settlers battled Native Americans for land and power during the Anglo-Powhatan Wars. Colonists continued to arrive who often brought servants or slaves from Africa in multitudes to work on the plantations. Further expansion by the English continued to the west, which had already been claimed by the French, leading to the Seven Years’ War (Virginia Culture). One of the more prominent battle figures was a militia leader, George Washington, who would go on to become the first president of the United States. Washington and his wife, Martha, lived in Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria, Virginia. Their property


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