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Cradle of America: A History of Virginia

By Peter Wallenstein

University Press of Kansas
Released: 2014-08-20
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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." Peter Wallenstein traces major themes across four centuries in a brisk narrative that recalls the people and events that have shaped the Old Dominion. The second edition is updated with new material throughout, including a new chapter on Virginia and world affairs from the Korean War through 9/11 and beyond, and, an expanded bibliography.

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, George Washington, and Robert E. Lee, but also such other prominent native Virginians as Carter G. Woodson, Patsy Cline, and L. Douglas Wilder. Sidebars throughout the book offer further insight, while maps and appendixes of reference data make the volume a complete resource on Virginia's history.

Virginia: The New Dominion, A History from 1607 to the Present

By Virginius Dabney

University of Virginia Press
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The task of compressing the history of Virginia into a single volume is a difficult one. The Virginia story is not only longer than that of any other state, but it is also probably the most diversified of them all. Whole shelves of books have been written about the early settlements, about the colonial ear that followed, and the Civil War, to name only three examples. The least written-about period, and the one that is least understood, is that which followed the Civil War. Next would probably come the nineteenth century for the four or five decades preceding the war, and then the early years of the twentieth century...I have sought in the present work to bring together the salient facts concerning Virginia's history and to describe the events and personalities, both good and bad, that make up the long and exciting Virginia story. (From the author's Foreword)

The History of Virginia, in Four Parts

By Robert Beverley

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The History of Virginia, in Four Parts is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Robert Beverley is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Robert Beverley then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

A Brief History of Virginia

By John M. Wiley

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Virginia is one of the most important states in all of America, and has been so from the distant past up to the present day. Its history is rich with movements, conflicts, failures, discoveries, and victories. In "A Brief History of Virginia," John M. Wiley takes readers through a concise yet insightful excursion of Virginia's past. To help educators, discussion questions are included at the closing of each chapter, though the individual reader can find this added resource beneficial as well. Whether one is well versed in Virginia history or brand new, this book has plenty of historical value for everyone.

Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607–2007

By Ronald L. Heinemann & Anthony S. Parent Jr.

Brand: University of Virginia Press
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"On the morning of 26 April 1607, three small ships carrying 143 Englishmen arrived off the Virginia coast of North America, having spent four months at sea.... All hoped for financial success and perhaps a little adventure; as it turned out, their tiny settlement eventually would evolve from colony into a prominent state in an entirely new nation." So begins Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 and the remarkable story behind the founding not only of the state of Virginia but of our nation. With this book, the historians Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent Jr., and William G. Shade collaborate to provide a comprehensive, accessible, one-volume history of Virginia, the first of its kind since the 1970s.

In seventeen narrative chapters, the authors tackle the four centuries of Virginia’s history from Jamestown through the present, emphasizing the major themes that play throughout Virginia history―change and continuity, a conservative political order, race and slavery, economic development, and social divisions―and how they relate to national events. Including helpful bibliographical listings at the end of each chapter as well as a general listing of useful sources and Websites, the book is truly a treasure trove for any student, scholar, or general-interest reader looking to find out more about the history of Virginia and our nation. Timed to coincide with the 2007 quadricentennial, Old Dominion, New Commonwealth will stand as a classic for years to come.

A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers

By Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources

University of Virginia Press
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Including nearly nine hundred new and replacement markers that have been installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition was published in 1994, this third edition of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's highways since 1927.Divided for the first time into six geographic-cultural regions, this edition contains maps and three individual indexes that assist the reader in locating markers by title, number, or subject matter. The subject index covers African American, Native American, and women's history; maps out key places in such areas as European exploration and settlement, industry and agriculture, and transportation and communication; and canvasses the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and such notable sites as courthouses, houses of worship, educational institutions, forts, and famous homes and homesites. Vacationers and those simply out for a drive will stumble across sites as diverse as Jamestown and the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, the graves of country music's Carter family and the original locations of northern Virginia's Nike missile installations, the places where paramount chief Powhatan first met with the English and where the artist Georgia O'Keeffe taught art, and Langley Field, which played a significant role in the history of manned space flight.Virginia has one of the oldest marker systems in the country, established in 1927. The markers are no longer state funded, and so the program illustrates a collaborative effort between committed sponsors who offer financial support, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The network holds great appeal for tourists and serves as a source of pride for local citizens.Travelers along Virginia's highways will find this guide both useful and informative. The great legacy of Virginia's past is revealed on these markers, making the book both a handy reference and a stimulus to greater study of the history of the commonwealth.

Virginia History & Genealogy on DVD - 225 books - Ancestry, Records, Family


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Partial List of Contents

A History of Orange County, Virginia by W.W. Scott - (1907) - 292 pages

A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton - (1920) - 574 pages

A History of Rockingham County, Virginia by John W. Wayland - (1912) - 601 pages

Albemarle County in Virginia by Edgar Woods - (1901) - 412 pages

Boyle Genealogy. John Boyle of Virginia and Kentucky by John Boyle - (1909) - 174 pages

Early Virginia Marriages. Part 1 by William A. Crozier - (1907) - 136 pages

Genealogical and Historical Notes on Culpeper County, Virginia: Embracing a ... by Raleigh Travers Green, Philip Slaughter - (1900) - 160 pages

Historical Sketch Bedford County Virginia 1753-1907 - (1907) - 121 pages

History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia 1748-1920 by Wm. C. Pendleton - (1920) - 700 pages

Men of Mark in Virginia: Ideals of American Life; a Collection of Biographies of the Leading Men in the State Vol 1 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler - (1906) - 426 pages

Pioneer Settlers of Grayson County Virginia by B.F. Nuckolls - (1914) - 206 pages

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Virginia State Penitentiary: A Notorious History (Landmarks)

By Dale M. Brumfield

The History Press
Released: 2017-10-30
Paperback (192 pages)

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Thomas Jefferson developed the idea for the Virginia State Penitentiary and set the standard for the future of the American prison system. Designed by U.S. Capitol and White House architect Benjamin Latrobe, the "Pen" opened its doors in 1800. Vice President Aaron Burr was incarcerated there in 1807 as he awaited trial for treason. The prison endured severe overcrowding, three fires, an earthquake and numerous riots. More than 240 prisoners were executed there by electric chair. At one time, the ACLU called it the "most shameful prison in America." The institution was plagued by racial injustice, eugenics experiments and the presence of children imprisoned among adults. Join author Dale Brumfield as he charts the 190-year history of the iconic prison.

Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century (Classic Reprint)

By Philip Alexander Bruce

Forgotten Books
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In studying the history of the Viiginifm people in the BBT enteenth century, apart from the course of events, it will be found that the general subject falls onder the following heads: I. Economic Condition. II. Social Life. III. Religious Establishment and Moral I nfluences. IV. Education. V. Military Regulations. VI. Administration of Justice. VII. Political System. By following in minute detail the Tarious ramifications of each of these special subjects, some offering a I nxtader field for treatment than others, a perfectly comfdete account might be written of the state of the people of the Colony in that age. In the present work, I have confined myself very strictly to an investigation of their economic condition alone. Where this has encroached upon the boundary of any of the other divisions which I have named, I have, except in a few instances, refrained from pursuing the subject beyond tat point. Thus, no references have been made to printing in Vtiinia in the seventeenth century and the degree to which books entered into the inT entories of the planters estates, because such references, it appeared, woiild more properly come under the head of Edacation.
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Virginia History (State Studies: Virginia)

By Karla Smith

Brand: Heinemann Library
Library Binding (48 pages)

Virginia History (State Studies: Virginia)
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This book provides a comprehensive look at Virginia history, from the arrival of Europeans seeking riches five hundred years ago to the 1990s, when the state became the first to elect an African American governor.

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