The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 / Edition 1

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Overview

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in History, this book recreates and analyzes the dramatic political and religious confrontations that transformed Virginia in the second half of the eighteenth-century. (Please see cloth edition published 5/82.)

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One of the best—and most provocative—books written on colonial Anglo-America over the past decade.

Times Literary Supplement

[A] gracefully written evocation of eighteenth-century Virginia culture.

American Historical Review

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Meet the Author

Rhys Isaac (1937-2010) was Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Emeritus Professor of History at LaTrobe University in Australia.

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Table of Contents

The Setting and the Action
Preface to the New Paperback Edition
Introduction 5
Pt. I Traditional Ways of Life
1 Prospects of Virginia: Overviews of the Landscape 11
2 Shapes in the Landscape: The Arrangement of Social Space 18
3 Figures in the Landscape: People and Environment 43
4 Church and Home: Celebrations of Life's Meanings 58
5 Occasions: Court Days, Race Meetings, Militia Musters, and Elections 88
6 Textures of Community: Mobility, Learning, Gentility, and Authority 115
Pt. II Movements and Events
7 The Parson, the Squire - and the Upstart Dissenter 143
8 Popular Upsurge: The Challenge of the Baptists 161
9 Whither Virginia? Specters of Bishop and Sectary 181
10 "Transactions in the Steeple of Bruton": A Tableau of Cultural Provincialism 209
11 Political Enthusiasm and Continuing Revivalism 243
12 Revolutionary Settlement: Religion and the Forms of Community 273
Pt. III Afterview
13 Changed Lives - Changed Landscapes 299
A Discourse on the Method: Action, Structure, and Meaning 323
Acknowledgments 359
Notes 361
About the Illustrations 415
Index 423
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