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Dominion of Memories Jefferson, Madison & the Decline of Virginia

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ISBN-10: 0465003567

ISBN-13: 9780465003563

Edition: N/A

Authors: Susan Dunn

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For a Time the Commonwealth of Virginia led the nation. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Marshall--each came from the state. For thirty-two of the first thirty-six years of the existence of the American republic, a Virginian held the office of President. And yet by the middle of the nineteenth century, Virginia was little more than a byword for slavery, provincialism, and poverty. What happened? In Dominion of Memories, historian Susan Dunn chronicles the precipitous decline of the nation's most promising state. While the North rapidly industrialized and democratized, Virginia lay captive to a firmly entrenched political elite that turned its back on the accelerating modern world.…    
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Book details

Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 0.89" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Susan Dunn is a professor of French literature and the history of ideas at Williams College. She is the author most recently of The Death of Louis XIV: Regicide & the French political Imagination. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

The Cult of the Soil
The Cankers of Indolence and Slavery
"Let Us Have Our Own Schools"
Roads, Canals, Railroads: Moving in Place
Deluded Citizens Clamoring for Banks
The Case of Virginia v. John Marshall
Another Constitutional Convention
Tariff Wars
Abolitionists and Other Enemies
Epilogue: Jefferson and Virginia, a Hundred Years Later