The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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

Articles from Vol. 114, No. 4, 2006

Along the Maysville Road: The Early American Republic in the Trans-Appalachian West
Along the Maysville Road: The Early American Republic in the Trans-Appalachian West * CraigThompson Friend * Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005 * xiii, 378 pp. * $42.00A ripened and salubrious outgrowth of the influences of the new social...
Bitter Fruits of Bondage: The Demise of Slavery and the Collapse of the Confederacy, 1861-1865
Bitter Fruits of Bondage: The Demise of Slavery and the Collapse of the Confederacy, 1861-1865 * Armstead L. Robinson * Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005 * xx, 354 pp. * $34.95For many years before his untimely death in 1995, Armstead...
Blandford Cemetery: Death and Life at Petersburg, Virginia
Blandford Cemetery: Death and Life at Petersburg, Virginia * John O. Peters * Petersburg, Va.: The Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation, Inc., 2005 * xiv, 170 pp. * $45.00"The real treasury of Petersburg is to be found in Blandford Cemetery," Mary...
Captives and Slaves: Indian Labor, Cultural Conversion, and the Plantation Revolution in Virginia
In the late seventeenth century, colonial Virginia stood on the verge of a great transformation. The plantation revolution-already far along in the West Indies and soon to predominate in much of the western hemisphere-promised to alter fundamentally...
Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South
Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South * Catherine Kerrison * Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006 * xvi, 266 pp. * $45.00Catherine Kerrison's elegant Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early...
Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia
Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia * Brian D. McKnight * Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006 * xii, 312 pp. * $40.00Brian D. McKnight's Contested Borderland is a bold attempt to clear some of the virgin...
James Madison and the Struggle for a Bill of Rights
James Madison and the Struggle for a Bill of Rights * Richard Labunski * New York: Oxford University Press, 2006 * xiv, 337 pp. * $28.00Was Madison's Bill of Rights merely a "tub to the whale," designed to quiet Antifederalist opposition to the new Constitution?...
Jefferson and the Press: Crucible of Liberty
Jefferson and the Press: Crucible of Liberty * Jerry W. Knudson * Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006 * xviii, 222 pp. * $34.95In a well-crafted revision of his Ph.D. thesis submitted to Dumas Malone and Bernard Mayo at the University...
Martha Washington: An American Life
Martha Washington: An American Life * Patricia Brady * New York: Viking, 2005 * xii, 276 pp. * $24.95 cloth; $15.00 paperMartha Washington, Patricia Brady observes, "is both famous as the first First Lady and completely unknown" in part because she destroyed...
Mr. Lincoln Goes to War
Mr. Lincoln Goes to War * William Marvel * New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006 * vxiii, 388 pp. * $30.00William Marvel has a well-deserved reputation as a revisionist historian, and Mr. Lincoln Goes to War does nothing to change that. Quite the...
Revolution in America: Considerations and Comparisons
Revolution in America: Considerations and Comparisons * Don Higginbotham * Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005 * xiv, 230 pp. * $49.50 cloth; $19.50 paperCollections of historical essays by a single author succeed best either by contributing...
The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview
The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview * Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese * New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005 * xiv, 828 pp. * $70.00 cloth; $29.00 paperThe Mind of the Master Class,...
The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864
The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 * Gary W. Gallagher, ed. * Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006 * xxii, 392 pp. * $45.00The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, the ninth and largest volume of the Military Campaigns of the Civil...
The Vass Slaves: County Courts, State Laws, and Slavery in Virginia, 1831-1861
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)In the name of God Amen," Philip E. Vass of Halifax County, Virginia, wrote on 8 August 1831, "being of sound mind and disposing Memory, Calling to reflection...
The Virginia State Constitution: A Reference Guide
The Virginia State Constitution: A Reference Guide * John Dinan * Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2006 * xvi, 258pp. * $109.95Issues of constitutional government and the process of constitution-making presently abound in the daily news. These significant...
Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country
Washington's God: Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country * Michael Novak and Jana Novak * New York: Basic Books, 2006 * xx, 282 pp. * $34.95According to the preface, the impetus for Washington's God came from the director of Mount Vernon. He...
Women Shaping the South: Creating and Confronting Change
Women Shaping the South: Creating and Confronting Change * Angela Boswell and Judith N. McArthur, eds. * Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006 * x, 270 pp. * $44.95The essays in this volume contribute significantly to the ever-growing body of...