The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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

Articles from Vol. 115, No. 4, 2007

A New World: England's First View of America/1607: Jamestown and the New World/The River Where America Began: A Journey along the James/Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America/The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History/Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World/A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia: The 1590 Theodor De Bry Latin Edition, in Facsimile Form, Accompanied by the Modernized English Text
A New World: England's First View of America * Kim Sloan * Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007 * 256 pp. * $60.00 cloth; $29.95 paper1607: Jamestown and the New World * Compiled by Dennis Montgomery * Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield...
Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age
Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age * Donna M. Lucey * New York: Harmony Books, 2006 * xii, 340 pp. * $25.95With this dramatic narrative, Donna Lucey vividly depicts the troubled metamorphosis of a "golden couple" who once "appeared...
Civil War Weather in Virginia
Civil War Weather in Virginia * Robert K. Krick * Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007 * xii, 178 pp. * $39.95On 15 May 1864 Capt. John C. Winsmith of the 1st South Carolina Infantry wrote a lengthy letter home in which he described the horrific...
Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History
Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History * Deborah R. Weiner * Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006 * x, 236 pp. * $60.00 cloth; $25.00 paper"It does not, somehow, seem possible that Jews really belonged in this place," writes Deborah R. Weiner of...
Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History/Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007
Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History * Peter Wallenstein * Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007 * xviii, 476 pp. * $29.95.Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 * Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. KoIp, Anthony...
Do, Die, or Get Along: A Tale of Two Appalachian Towns
Do, Die, or Get Along: A Tale of Two Appalachian Towns * Peter Crow * Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007 * xxviii, 220 pp. * $49.94 cloth; $19.95 paperPeter Crow's Do, Die, or Get Along: A Tale of Two Appalachian Towns offers an unprecedented...
Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia
Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia * Susan Dunn * New York: Basic Books, 2007 * x, 310 pp. * $27.50During James Madison's lifetime, the French observers Jacques Brissot de Warville, François Chastellux, and especially...
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings * James C. Kelly and Barbara Clark Smith, with contributions by Warren M. Billings, Gilles Proulx, and David F. Weber * Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Books, 2007 * 192 pp. * $34.95This handsome...
Lee in Love: Courtship and Correspondence in Antebellum Virginia
(ProQuest: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)One day late in her life, Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee (1807-1873) took the twenty-one letters Robert Edward Lee had written her during their engagement, looked at them for the last...
Strength and Honor: The Life of Dolley Madison
Strength and Honor: The Life of Dolley Madison * Richard N. Côté * Mt. Pleasant, S.C.: Corinthian Books, 2005 * xx, 444 pp. * $29.95 cloth; $24.95 paperDolley Payne Madison is the perfect subject for a biography. Her life was fascinating in numerous...
The Civil War Memoirs of a Virginia Cavalryman: Lt. Robert T. Hubard, Jr
The Civil War Memoirs of a Virginia Cavalryman: Lt. Robert T. Hubard, Jr. * Edited by Thomas P. Nanzig * Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007 * xxvi, 302 pp. * $46.50Although there are certainly many fine first-person accounts of soldiers on...
The Politics of War: Race, Class, and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia
The Politics of War: Race, Class, and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia * Michael A. McDonnell * Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007 * xx, 544 pp. * $45.00When General Lafayette brought Continental Army troops to defend Virginia in...
Virginia in the Vanguard: Political Leadership in the 400-Year-Old Cradle of American Democracy, 1981-2006
Virginia in the Vanguard: Political Leadership in the 400-Year-Old Cradle of American Democracy, 1981-2006 * Frank B. Atkinson * Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Litdefield, 2006 * xxx, 338 pp. * $34.95Frank Atkinson, a Richmond attorney and Republican activist,...