Virginia Women
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Virginia Women

Their Lives and Times, Volume 1

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Pages: 392

Illustrations: 32 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/2015

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4263-4

List Price: $36.95


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Virginia Women

Their Lives and Times, Volume 1

Life-and-times histories of women from Virginia

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Virginia Women is the first of two volumes exploring the history of Virginia women through the lives of exemplary and remarkable individuals. This collection of seventeen essays, written by established and emerging scholars, recovers the stories and voices of a diverse group of women, from the seventeenth century through the Civil War era. Placing their subjects in their larger historical contexts, the authors show how the experiences of Virginia women varied by race, class, age, and marital status, and also across both space and time.

Some essays examine the lives of well-known women—such as First Lady Dolley Madison—from a new perspective. Others introduce readers to relatively obscure historical figures: the convicted witch Grace Sherwood; the colonial printer Clementina Rind; Harriet Hemings, the enslaved daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Essays on the frontier heroine Mary Draper Ingles and the Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew examine the real women behind the legends. Altogether, the essays in this collection offer readers an engaging and personal window onto the experiences of women in the Old Dominion.

This volume is particularly interesting because it examines nineteen women in seventeen essays during a time when sources for most of these women are difficult to find. Collectively, these authors do a wonderful job of gathering available records and reconstructing the social and political culture structures surrounding their lives to provide readers with new perspectives on historical narratives.

—Virginia Magazine

Each essay is skillfully written and demonstrates how the imaginative use of sometime obscure original sources can bring life to often voiceless women who lived on the margins of society and how even well-known women can be explored in new and creative ways

—Joyce L. Broussard, The Journal of Southern Literature

Catherine Allgor

E. Susan Barber

Mary C. Ferrari

Lisa A. Francavilla

Catherine Kerrison

Cynthia A. Kierner

Martha J. King

Michelle Krowl

Jon Kukla

Deborah Lee

Sarah Hand Meacham

Helen C. Rountree

Kristalyn Marie Shefveland

Terri L. Snyder

Linda L. Sturtz

Gail S. Terry

Elizabeth R. Varon

About the Author/Editor

Cynthia A. Kierner (Editor)
CYNTHIA A. KIERNER is a professor of history at George Mason University.

Sandra Gioia Treadway (Editor)
SANDRA GIOIA TREADWAY is the director of the Library of Virginia.