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Virginia MagazineVirginia in the Vanguard deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the recent political history of the Commonwealth.
— James R. Sweeney, Old Dominion University
Virginia in the Vanguard continues the story, begun in the Dynamic Dominion, of Virginia’s reemergence as a competitive, trend-setting state. In the 1980s, with Reagan’s revolution underway in Washington, Democrats led by Chuck Robb and Doug Wilder, the nation’s only African American elected governor, reclaimed the governor’s mansion and focused attention on a centrist formula as a prescription for Democratic renewal nationally. In the 1990s, hard-charging Republican George Allen reversed the party’s fortunes and propelled the GOP toward control of the state’s legislature and both U.S. Senate seats. Virginia in the Vanguard describes these and other dramatic events that have placed the 400 year-old cradle of democracy back in the forefront of American politics and produced two dynamic leaders—Republican Senator George Allen and former Democrat Governor Mark Warner—widely touted as presidential timber.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface: Flood Tide of Freedom Part 3 I. Robb, Wilder, and the Democratic Decade (1981-1992) Chapter 4 1. Reversal of Fortune: The Democratic Southern Strategy Chapter 5 2. The Watershed Robb Victory of 1981 Chapter 6 3. Improbable Journey: Wilder's Way to the Top Chapter 7 4. Swinging Suburbs: Making Money and Making History Part 8 II. George Allen and the "Virginia Renaissance" (1993-1999) Chapter 9 5. Reagan Populism and the Positive Politics of Reform Chapter 10 6. From Insurgent to Insider: The 1993 Allen Landslide Chapter 11 7. John Warner and the Politics of Independence Chapter 12 8. New World: America's Oldest Legislature Transformed Part 13 III. Mark Warner and the "Sensible Center" (2000-2006) Chapter 14 9. Taxing Times and the Tactic of Bipartisanship Part 15 Epilogue: A Concluding Reflection on Virginia's Legacy of Freedom