In Old Virginia: Slavery, Farming, and Society in the Journal of John Walker

In Old Virginia: Slavery, Farming, and Society in the Journal of John Walker

by Richard L. Bushman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801867255
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/13/2001
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Claudia L. Bushman teaches history and American studies at Columbia University. She is the author and editor of seven books, including Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah; America Discovers Columbus: How an Italian Explorer Became an American Hero; and "A Good Poor Man's Wife," Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England.

Table of Contents

Contents:



Preface - "in many respects a peculiar man"

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION

"I record this for the benefit of my children"

Chapter 2: LAND AND FAMILY

"writing off a kind of History of my ancestry"

Chapter 3: HUSBANDRY

"began to plant corn"

Chapter 4: AGRICULTURE

"an experiment to see which way will produce the best"

Chapter 5: ECONOMY

"Income fell short this year $156.371/2"

Chapter 6: MASTERY

"My Servant Jack ran away from me Wednesday"

Chapter 7: HUSWIFERY

"the first piece of cloth woven here"

Chapter 8: COMMUNITY

"the rich nabobs... make us poor people give them ease"

Chapter 9: METHODISM

"I am yet striving to get to glory"

Chapter 10: MEDICINE

"he would have been dead before this but for the Tomsonisn practice"

Chapter 11: LEGALITIES

"But for my forgiving disposition I would sue indite and prosecute him again"

Chapter 12: LOCUST GROVE

"the greatest crop of wheat ever made in Locust Grove"

Chapter 13: TWILIGHT

"thine poor insignificant helpless illiterate worm"

Chapter 14: WAR

" a most dreadfull and distressing afflicted state"

Chapter 15: CONCLUSION

"I am so reduced in circumstances"

APPENDIX A - GENEALOGICAL CHARTS

APPENDIX B - THE SLAVE POPULATIONS AT CHATHAM HILL AND LOCUST GROVE

NOTES

INDEX

What People are Saying About This

Sarah L. Walker

"I found this book full of fascinating family and community history... Her research seemed quite thorough."

David F. Allmendinger

"Drawing on the extraordinary collection of Walker's manuscript farm journals, this book imparts a strong sense of what life was like for this farmer and his family. Topics include husbandry, weather, local politics, work, domestic economy, religion and community, relations with neighbors and slaves, health and medical practices, and the property and land-use history of individual farms. Bushman's scholarship is sound and her writing is clear. Rich in charming detail, In Old Virginia will be a valuable resource for social historians of slavery and rural society."

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