The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 3, 2001

A Kind of Fate: Agricultural Change in Virginia, 1861-1920
A Kind of Fate: Agricultural Change in Virginia, 1861-1920. By G. TERRY SHARRER. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2000. xxiv, 256 pp. $49.95. IT is not common to have the opportunity to review the work of a "renaissance man," but G. Terry Sharrer is...
A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence
A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence. By RAY RAPHAEL. The New Press People's Histories. HOWARD ZINN, Series Editor. New York: New Press, 2001. xii, 388 pp. $25.95. SEVERAL years ago, I stood...
Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War
Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. By CHARLES B. DEW. A Nation Divided: New Studies in Civil War History. JAMES 1. ROBERTSON, JR., Editor. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia,...
April 1865: The Month That Saved America
April 1865: The Month That Saved America. By JAY WINIK. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. xviii, 462 pp. $32.50 cloth; $14.95 paper. THE title of Jay Winik's book is deceiving. Although it purports to be an account of the final month of the American Civil...
Avenues of Faith: Shaping the Urban Religious Culture of Richmond, Virginia, 1900-1929 / Avenues of Faith: Shaping the Urban Religious Culture of Richmond, Virginia, 1900-1929
Avenues of Faith: Shaping the Urban Religious Culture of Richmond, Virginia, 1900-1929. By SAMUEL C. SHEPHERD, JR. Religion and American Culture. DAVID EDWIN HARRELL, JR., WAYNE FLYNT, and EDITH L. BLUMHOFER, series editors. Tuscaloosa and London: University...
Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia
Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia. By JANE DAILEY. Gender & American Culture. THADIOUS M. DAVIS and LINDA K. KERBER, Editors. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. xii, 280 pp. $39.95 cloth;...
Elusive Empires: Constructing Colonialism in the Ohio Valley, 1673-1800
Elusive Empires: Constructing Colonialism in the Ohio Valley, 1673-1800. By ERIC HINDERAKER. Cambridge, New York, and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1997. xx, 300 pp. $54.95. IN this day of increasingly narrow historical specialization, this...
Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello
Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello. By LucIA STANTON. Monticello: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2000. 192 pp., three folding plates. $13.95. FREE SOME DAY is a history of six slave families that each subsisted several generations...
Historical Memory, Sectional Strife, and the American Mecca: Mount Vernon, 1783-1853
IN the words of a nineteenth-century orator, the origins of the United States were never "lost in the night of time" because a natal legend could not exist before the Fourth of July 1776. Beginning on that day, inhabitants of the future republic needed...
Long Gray Lines: The Southern Military School Tradition, 1839-1915
Long Gray Lines: The Southern Military School Tradition, 1839-1915. By ROD ANDREW, JR. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. x, 170 pp. $29.95. FOR years, scholars have pointed to the South as having a distinctive culture....
Mary Custis Lee's "Reminiscences of the War"
MARY CUSTIS LEE (born Mary Anna Randolph Custis, 1808-1873) began work on her "Reminiscences" in the fall of 1865, shortly after her husband, General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), accepted the presidency of Washington College that would occupy him for the...
Monacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in Appalachia
Monacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in Appalachia. By SAMUEL COOK. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. xviii, 330 pp. $29.95. STUDENTS of Appalachia long have argued that the region's diversity precludes...
Negotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be
Negotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be. Edited by JANET L. CORYELL, THOMAS H. APPLETON, JR., ANASTASIA SIMS, and SANDRA GIOIA TREADWAY. Southern Women Series. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2000....
Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House That Jefferson Built / the Levy Family and Monticello, 1834-1923: Saving Thomas Jefferson's House
Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House That Jefferson Built. By MARC LEEPSON. New York, London, and Toronto: Free Press, 2001. 303 pp. $22.50 cloth. The Levy Family and Monticello, 1834-- 1923: Saving Thomas Jefferson's House....
States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876
States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876. By FORREST MCDONALD. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2000. viii, 296 pp. $29.95. OVER the course of more than four decades, Forrest McDonald (now in his mid-seventies) has written sixteen...
The Peculiar Democracy: Southern Democrats in Peace and Civil War
The Peculiar Democracy: Southern Democrats in Peace and Civil War. By WALLACE HETTLE. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 2001. xiv, 240 pp. $50.00. THE Democratic Party in the Old South advertised itself as a brotherhood of white men. Central...
The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1880s / Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1880s. By BERTRAM WYATT-BROWN. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. xx, 412 pp. $55.00 cloth; $19.95 paper. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. By DAVID W....
The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia
The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia. By BRIAN STEEL WILLS. A Nation Divided: New Studies in Civil War History. JAMES I. ROBERTSON, JR., Editor. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2001. xvi, 348 pp. $34.95....
Time Full of Trial: The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, 1862-1867
Time Full of Trial: The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, 1862-1867. By PATRICIA C. CLICK. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. xxiv, 302 pp. $49.95 cloth; $18.95 paper. MOST famous for Sir Walter Ralegh's lost colony of...
Ways of Wisdom: Moral Education in the Early National Period, Including the Diary of Rachel Mordecai Lazarus
Ways of Wisdom: Moral Education in the Early National Period, Including the Diary of Rachel Mordecai Lazarus. By JEAN E. FRIEDMAN. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001. xix, 286 pp. $40.00. IN Ways of Wisdom Jean Friedman has assembled the story...