While it is known as the home of freedom-loving Founding Fathers, Virginia has also had a history of undemocratic institutions and tendencies. That was the controversial topic of a book launch and discussion hosted by the Library of Virginia.
Author and historian Brent Tarter discovered primary sources with those ideas throughout the 400 years of the Commonwealth’s history.
Tarter found that from the start, state leaders embraced a hierarchical society and political institutions that excluded people—hence, the book’s title.
The State Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services is officially under investigation by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights over the state's Auxiliary Grant program, which funds services mostly for people with disabilities and physical or mental impairments. At issue is whether or not the program's policies are discriminatory and place unnecessary restrictions on where individuals may live in order to receive the grant funds.