Cradle of America Four Centuries of Virginia History

ISBN-10: 0700615075

ISBN-13: 9780700615070

Edition: 2007

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Virginia is definitely for lovers--of history! As the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, the birthplace of a presidential dynasty, and the gateway to western growth in the nation's early years. Virginia can rightfully be called the "cradle of America." In this first single-authored history of Virginia since the 1970s, Peter Wallenstein traces major themes across four centuries in a brisk narrative that recalls the people and events that have shaped the Old Dominion. Historical accounts of Virginia have often emphasized harmony and tradition, but Wallenstein focuses on the impact of conflict and change. From the beginning, Virginians have debated and challenged each other's visions of Virginia, and Wallenstein shows how these differences have influenced its sometimes turbulent development. Casting an eye on blacks as well as whites, and on people from both east and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he traces such key themes as political power, racial identity, and education. Bringing to bear his long experience teaching Virginia history, Wallenstein takes readers back, even before Jamestown, to the Elizabethan settlers at Roanoke Island and the inhabitants they encountered, as well as to Virginia's leaders of the American Revolution. He chronicles the state's dramatic journey through the Civil War era, a time that revealed how the nation's evolution sometimes took shape in opposition to the vision of many leading Virginians. He also examines the impact of the civil rights movement and considers controversies that accompany Virginia into its fifth century. The text is copiously illustrated to depict not only such iconic figures as Pocahontas, GeorgeWashington, and Robert E. Lee, but also such other prominent native Virginians as Edgar Allan Poe, Carter G. Woodson, and Patsy Cline. Sidebars throughout the book offer further insight, while maps and appendixes of reference data make the volume a complete resource on Virginia's history. As people in Virginia and elsewhere prepare to observe the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's settlement, Wallenstein's fresh interpretation marks a significant commemoration of that beginning of Virginia--and America--and shows us that the adventure of Virginia has in many ways been the adventure of America.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 3/21/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 494
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Peter Wallenstein is professor of history at Virginia Tech. He is the author of many books including Cradle of America: A History of Virginia, also from Kansas.

Prologue : Jamestown, Blacksburg, and the return of Pangaea
1580s-1760s : between two worlds
Elizabethan Virginia
Land and labor
The west
1760s-1820s : political independence and political slavery
Conservative revolutionaries : Virginians and independence
Perfecting independence (I) : power and policy in postrevolutionary Virginia
Virginia and a new union
Mother of presidents, mother of states
1820s-1890s : after Jefferson's Louisiana purchase
Perfecting independence (II) : power and policy in early national Virginia
Collision of three Virginias
Race and slavery, 1820s-1850s
The compromises of 1850-1851
Virginia's road to secession and war
Virginians at war
Reconstructing Virginia - after war and emancipation
Railroads, schools, and readjusters
1890s-1940s : the politics of migration and the winds of change
Southern progressivism
Alternative pasts - preserved, retrieved, celebrated
Alternative futures
Great depression and new deal
World War II
1945-2007 : Cold War and great society
The road to Brown v. Board of Education
Massive resistance to school desegregation
Power and policy - the politics of the 1960s
Toward a new dominion : Virginia since the 1970s
Epilogue : into Virginia's fifth century - controversy and commemoration
Governors of Virginia, 1776-2007
U.S. senators from Virginia, 1789-2007
Members of the Virginia Supreme Court, 1789-2007
Virginia and presidential elections, 1789-2004
Virginia and the census returns, 1790-2000
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