Virginia Reconsidered: New Histories of the Old Dominion / Edition 1

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In their introduction to Virginia Reconsidered, Kevin Hardwick and Warren Hofstra note that "Virginia’s history is powerfully situated, in both the popular and the scholarly imagination." Even recalling only a handful of the many memorable figures and events of Virginia history—George Washington, Stonewall Jackson, Patrick Henry’s declamation at St. John’s Church—it is difficult to disagree. But Virginia Reconsidered,a richly diverse and innovative collection of pioneering essays, goes beyond simply recounting the exploits of famous figures or the major turning points in the state’s history. Probing deep currents of historical change and the revealing experiences of lesser-known Virginians, the fourteen essays offer teachers and general readers a fuller approach to Virginia’s history, one that gives important context to the state’s disparate people and events. Darrett B. and Anita H. Rutman’s essay on seventeenth-century Middlesex County, for example, details the decades-long effort of men like Arthur Nash to buy land and the struggle of subsequent generations to make the land into viable farms. This essay provides both a tale of economic independence and a history of early Virginia land development in miniature. Woody Holton explores the aspirations of enslaved Virginians during the revolutionary crisis, and demonstrates the connections between their hopes and actions and the decision of Virginia’s planters to declare independence from Great Britain. Essays like Holton’s investigate the fascinating but forgotten corners of Virginia history that are indeed its true foundation

o Stephen V. Ash, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

o Fred Arthur Bailey, Abilene Christian University

o Thomas E. Buckley, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/ Graduate Theological Union

o Gregory Michael Dorr, University of Alabama

o J. Frederick Fausz, University of Missouri, St. Louis

o Elna C. Green, Florida State University

o Jack P. Greene, Johns Hopkins University

o Kevin R. Hardwick, James Madison University

o Warren R. Hofstra, Shenandoah University

o Woody Holton, University of Richmond

o Deborah A. Lee, George Mason University

o Jan Lewis, Rutgers University, Newark

o Edmund S. Morgan, Yale University, Emeritus

o the late Anita H. Rutman

o the late Darrett B. Rutman

o J. Douglas Smith, Occidental College

o Elizabeth R. Varon, Wellesley College

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813922270
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 773,242
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin R. Hardwick, Assistant Professor of History at James Madison University, teaches the history of British colonial America and Virginia history. Warren R. Hofstra, Stewart Bell Professor of History and director of the Community History Project at Shenandoah University, is the author of A Separate Place: The Formation of Clarke County, Virginia, editor of George Washington and the Virginia Backcountry, and coeditor of After the Backcountry: Rural Life in the Great Valley of Virginia, 1800–1900.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
An "Abundance of Blood Shed on Both Sides": England's First Indian War, 1609-1614 11
Slavery and Freedom : The American Paradox 48
The Road 73
Society, Ideology, and Politics: An Analysis of the Political Culture of Mid-Eighteenth-Century Virginia 105
"Rebel against Rebel": Enslaved Virginians and the Coming of the American Revolution 135
"The Blessings of Domestic Society": Thomas Jefferson's Family and the Transformation of American Politics 164
Race, Memory, and the Death of Robert Berkeley: "A Murder ... of ... Horrible and Savage Barbarity" 202
Unfixing Race: Class, Power, and Identity in an Interracial Family 234
"The Ladies Are Whigs": Lucy Barbour, Henry Clay, and Nineteenth-Century Virginia Politics 263
White Virginians under Federal Occupation, 1861-1865 274
Free Speech and the Lost Cause in the Old Dominion 296
The State Suffrage Campaigns: Virginia as a Case Study 321
Assuring America's Place in the Sun: Ivey Foreman Lewis and the Teaching of Eugenics at the University of Virginia, 1915-1953 353
"When Reason Collides with Prejudice": Armistead Lloyd Boothe and the Politics of Moderation 394
Notes on Contributors 429
Index 433
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