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The change from an agrarian lifestyle to an industrial way of life was difficult for Tennesseans. Agriculture was significant to the economy & history of Tennessee as the state evolved from an untamed wilderness to a thriving member of the New South. Explore this collection to understand more about the agricultural way of life in Tennessee during the late 19th & early twentieth centuries.
In 1897, Tennessee held a six-month celebration to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of statehood. The Tennessee Centennial Exposition was held in Nashville from May 1 until October 30, 1897, although the state’s actual centennial occurred in 1896. The materials in this collection primarily depict the array of buildings and individuals involved with this celebration.
Two and a half years after the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, in November 1872, Tennessee voters elected their first African American representative to the General Assembly. The achievements of the fourteen black men, most of them former slaves, who served as Tennessee legislators before 1900 represent an important part of state history.