The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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

Articles from Vol. 113, No. 1, 2005

All According to God's Plan: Southern Baptist Missions and Race, 1945-1970
All According to God's Plan: Southern Baptist Missions and Race, 1945-1970 * Alan Scot Willis * Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004 * xiv, 260 pp. * $45.00Most graduate students have a single compelling phobia: deep into their doctoral research...
Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic
Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic * Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher, eds. * Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004 * xii, 435 pp. * $59.95 cloth;...
Blood and Irony: Southern White Women's Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937
Blood and Irony: Southern White Women's Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 * Sarah E. Gardner * Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004 * x, 341 pp. * $39.95Following the Civil War, northerners and southerners flooded the literary market...
Constructing to Command: Rivalries between Green Spring and the Governor's Palace, 1677-1722
Three miles from Jamestown, on property adjacent to Governor's Land in James City County, artisans built an imposing mansion in the mid-seventeenth century called Green Spring. It was constructed under the direction of Sir William Berkeley (1605-1677)...
Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America
Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America * Virginia Dejohn Anderson * New York: Oxford University Press, 2004 * xiv, 322 pp. * $37.50In standard historical narratives covering the British settlement of North America, the main...
His Slaves or Hers?: Customary Claims, a Planter Marriage, and a Community Verdict in Lancaster County, 1793
In 1791, after two years of marriage, Elizabeth Yerby left her husband's plantation but remained in or around Lancaster County. Her husband, George Woodbridge Yerby, wanted her back. Neighbors played an important role in this family drama, acting both...
Lynchburg, Virginia: The First Two Hundred Years, 1786-1986
Lynchburg, Virginia: The First Two Hundred Years, 1786-1986 * James M. Elson * Lynchburg: Warwick House Publishers, 2004 * xiv, 541 pp. * $34.99James M. Elson's lengthy and richly detailed book is the latest addition to an evergrowing body of works dealing...
Now for the Contest: Coastal and Oceanic Naval Operations in the Civil War
Now for the Contest: Coastal and Oceanic Naval Operations in the Civil War * William H. Roberts * Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004 * xviii, pp. * $39.95The past two decades have witnessed a profound change in the content and focus of military...
Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight: Race, Class, and Power in the Rural South during the First World War
Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight: Race, Class, and Power in the Rural South During the First World War * Jeanette Keith * Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004 * x, 260 pp. * $59.95 cloth; $22.50 paperRich Man's War, Poor Mans Fight is...
Soldier of Southwestern Virginia: The Civil War Letters of Captain John Preston Sheffey
Soldier of Southwestern Virginia: The Civil War Letters of Captain John Preston Sheffey * James I. Robertson, Jr., ed. * Louisiana State University Press, 2004 * x, 239 pp. * $39.95The publication of Civil War soldiers' correspondence is a booming business....
The Day the Revolution Ended: 19 October 1781
The Day the Revolution Ended: 19 October 1781 * William H. Hallahan * Hoboken, NJ.: John Wiley and Sons, 2004 * xii, 292 pp. * $24.95William Hallahan's The Day the Revolution Ended is a breathless narrative of-not the final day-but the final year of...
The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640-1661
The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640-1661 * Carla Gardina Pestana * Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004 * xiv, 342 pp. * $49.95The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution represents a truly impressive achievement. If it accomplished...
The Letterbook of John Custis IV of Williamsburg, 1717-1742
The Letterbook of John Custis IV of Williamsburg, 1717-1742 * Josephine Little Zuppan, ed. * Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 * xxiv, 272 pp. * $55.00John Custis IV (1678-1749) was one of the more interesting Virginians of the first half of...
The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley
The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley * Warren R. Hofstra * Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004 * xv, 410 pp. * $49.95In The Planting of New Virginia Warren R. Hofstra has brought to fruition years...
The Uncivil War: Irregular Warfare in the Upper South, 1861-1865
The Uncivil War: Irregular Warfare in the Upper South, 1861-1865 * Robert R. Mackey * Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 * xii, 288 pp. * $34.95In April 1865, some Confederates advised Robert E. Lee to wage a guerrilla war. Lee rejected the idea,...
The White South and the Red Menace: Segregationists, Anticommunism, and Massive Resistance, 1945-1965
The White South and the Red Menace: Segregationists, Anticommunism, and Massive Resistance, 1945-1965 * George Lewis * Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004 * x, 228 pp. * $59.95The great American Red Scare of the 1950s has been studied from...