The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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

Articles from Vol. 112, No. 2, 2004

A Little Parliament: The Virginia General Assembly in the Seventeenth Century
A Little Parliament: The Virginia General Assembly in the Seventeenth Century * Warren M. Billings * Richmond: Library of Virginia in partnership with Jamestown 2007/JamestownYorktown Foundation, 2004 * $30.00As we approach the quadricentennial of Virginia,...
A Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia
A Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia * Kimberly Prothro Williams, ed. * Contributing writers and consultants: Cynthia A. MacLeod, T. Triplett Russell, Susan Kern, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Bob Barren...
Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765
Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754-1765 * Matthew C. Ward * Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003 * xvi, 329 pp. * $34.95Great verities of the Seven Years' War-well, ones concerning British colonial...
Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty
Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty * Katherine E. Harbury * Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2004 * xx, 479 pp. * $59.95In a book that has appeal for both popular and academic audiences, Katherine E. Harbury presents two manuscript recipe...
Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens * Jane Dunn * New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004 * xxiv, 454 pp. * $30.00The four-hundredth anniversary last year of Elizabeth I's death has inspired a wealth of publications devoted to her life and reign, and...
Lancaster County, Virginia: Where the River Meets the Bay
Lancaster County, Virginia: Where the River Meets the Bay * Carolyn H. Jett * Lancaster, Va.: Lancaster County History Book Committee in association with the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, 2003 * xiii, 429 pp. * $36.00Formed in 1652, Lancaster...
Lincoln's Last Months
Lincoln's Last Months * William C. Harris * Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004 * 304 pp. * $27.95As William Harris notes, historians have often treated the period between Lincoln's re-election in November 1864 and his death in April 1865...
Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law-An American History
Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law-An American History * Peter Wallenstein * New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002 * xii, 305 pp. * $35.00The current debate over same-sex marriages reminds us that who one can and cannot marry has long...
The Evolution of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia
In May 1784, Thomas Jefferson arrived in Philadelphia from Annapolis, where he had spent a miserable winter, much of the time in ill health, attending the fitful and dispiriting sessions of the American Congress. He carried with him the manuscript of...
The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character
The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character * Andrew S. Trees * Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004 * xviii, 208 pp. * $29.95The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character presents familiar political figures in an illuminating new...
The Religion of the Founding Fathers
The Religion of the Founding Fathers * David L. Holmes * Charlottesville: Ash Lawn-Highland; Ann Arbor: Clements Library, University of Michigan, 2003 * 156 pp. * $8.00Americans have an enduring fascination for the founders of the republic and its political...
Thomas Jefferson's Last Letter
On 24 June 1826 Thomas Jefferson wrote Roger C. Weightman, the mayor of Washington, D.C., declining an invitation to attend that city's celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson pleaded ill health...
Unraveling the Strange History of Jefferson's Observations Sur la Virginie
When Thomas Jefferson left Paris on the eve of the French Revolution, the marquis de Condorcet, philosophe, statesman, and close friend of the future president of the United States, declared that "whatever may happen here, Monsieur Jefferson will always...
Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century * Winfred B. Moore, Jr., Kyle S. Sinisi, and David H. White, Jr., eds. * Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003 * xiv, 413 pp. * $49.95This charming collection...
Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark
Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark * William E. Foley * Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2004 * xvi, 326 pp. * $29.95William Clark is instantly recognizable as co-commander of the Lewis and Clark expedition, but few Americans know anything...
Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms
Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms * Allan Peskin * Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2003 * xii, 328 pp. * $49.00For more than fifty years, Charles Winslow Elliot's 1937 biography of Winfield Scott stood as the lone scholarly study of...