The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Journal providing essays and book reviews related to the history of Virginia.

Articles from Vol. 104, No. 3, Summer

America's Reconstruction: People and Politics after the Civil War
America's Reconstruction: People and Politics after the Civil War. Exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, sponsored jointly by the Virginia Historical Society and the Valentine Museum. ERIC FONER and OLIVIA MAHONEY, Curators. GREGG...
Anglican Theology and Devotion in James Blair's Virginia, 1685-1743: Private Piety in the Public Church
When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness, that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right- he shall save his soul. Book of Common Prayer, 1662 WILLIAM FITZHUGH, an attorney and tobacco planter in Stafford County, reflected...
Defend the Valley: A Shenandoah Family in the Civil War
Defend the Valley: A Shenandoah Family in the Civil War. By MARGARETTA BARTON COLT. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1994. xx, 441 pp. $35.00. Defend the Valley presents the Civil War as a local affair experienced by one southern family. The sons of...
Indians at Hampton Institute, 1877-1923
Indians at Hampton Institute, 1877-1923. By DONAL F. LINDSEY. Blacks in the New World Series. AUGUST MEIER and JOHN H. BRACEY, Series Editors. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995. xviii, 305 pp. $39.95. PERHAPS the one Virginia institution...
Lee's Young Artillerist: William R.J. Pegram
Lee's Young Artillerist: William R. J. Pegram. By PETER S. CARMICHAEL. A Nation Divided: New Studies in the Civil War. JAMES 1. ROBERTSON, JR., Series Editor. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1995. xii, 209 pp. $27.95. IN the...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor: As one who shared something of William A. Tidwell's professional experience and who has spent countless hours arguing the interpretation of facts with him, may I express disappointment with Thomas R. Turner's review of Tidwell's April...
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War. By DREW GILPIN FAUST. The Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1996. xvi, 326 pp. $29.95. Mothers of...
Preserving the Patrimony: William Branch Giles and Virginia versus the Federal Tariff
DUMAS MALONE once wrote of Virginia's William Branch Giles that "[p)ersonal animosities frequently marred the clarity of his political judgment and rendered his career erratic and essentially destructive."' The truth is rather different: the reason that...
Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt
Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt. By HERBERT E. SLOAN. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1995. viii, 377 pp. $45.00. ALTHOUGH Herbert E. Sloan tells readers early in this book that it is not a biography of...
Robert E. Lee: A Biography
Robert E. Lee: A Biography. By EMORY M. THOMAS. New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1995. 472 pp. $30.00. EMORY M. THOMAS's Robert E. Lee has received much acclaim since its appearance last year and deservedly so, especially considering...
Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson
Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson. By PAUL FINKELMAN. Armonk, N.Y., and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1996. xi, 227 pp. $55.00 cloth; $19.95 paper. THE six essays in Paul Finkelman's new collection bring together two rather different...
Testimony from the Old Dominion before the Joint Committee of Reconstruction
by RICHARD LOWE* HISTORIANS have generally agreed that the Joint Committee of Fifteen on Reconstruction played a significant role in the reintegration of the Union after the Civil War.l Nevertheless, they have devoted surprisingly little attention to...
The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist
The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist. By ANDREW BURSTEIN. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1995. xv, 334 pp. $35.00. THIS gracefully written study provides the first biography of Thomas Jefferson's mind and emotions...
The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown
The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown. By EDWARD J. RENEHAN, JR. New York: Crown Publishers, 1995. x, 308 pp. $25.00. UNDER normal circumstances, historians do-and should-shy away from books whose titles and subtitles...
The Story of Virginia, an American Experience
The Story of Virginia, an American Experience. Exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. JAMES C. KELLY and JOHN D'ENTREMONT, Curators. ANNMARIE F. PRICE, Assistant Curator. GILES CROMWELL, Collection Manager. DALE KOSTELNY, Installation...