Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The History and Present State of Virginia

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The History and Present State of Virginia

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The History and Present State of Virginia. By Robert Beverley. Introduction by Susan Scott Parrish. (Chapel Hill: Published by University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2013. Pp. [xl], 342. $45.00, ISBN 978-1-4696-0794-8.) With the original easily accessible via the University of North Carolina's Documenting the American South website (docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/beverley/), some might wonder why a new edition of Robert Beverley's The History and Present State of Virginia (1705) is even necessary. Susan Scott Parrish's introduction is a good answer to that question. Offering more than a biographical sketch, Parrish "place[s] Beverley within an imperial transatlantic geography" (p. xi). She suggests that his position as a London-educated Virginia planter makes his perspective on the settlement, government, natural history, inhabitants, and present state of the colony not only "distinct" but also "significant" (p. xii). In addition, Parrish's introduction contextualizes Beverley and his work through a discussion of Virginia's changing relationship with the British Crown and the changes occurring in Virginia during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. …

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