Virginia Women

Their Lives and Times, Volume 2

Title Details

Pages: 400

Illustrations: 34 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 08/01/2016

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4265-8

List Price: $34.95


Pub Date: 08/01/2016

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4264-1

List Price: $114.95

Virginia Women

Their Lives and Times, Volume 2

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This second of two volumes continues the exploration of the history of Virginia women through the lives of exemplary and remarkable individuals. Seventeen essays written by established and emerging scholars recover the stories and voices of a diverse group of women, from the transition from slavery to freedom in the period following the Civil War through the struggle to secure rights for gay and lesbian women in the late twentieth century. 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 Ellen Glasgow and Patsy Cline—from a new perspective. Others introduce readers to historical figures who are less familiar: freedmen schoolteacher Caroline Putnam; reformer Orra Gray Langhorne; Sadie Heath Cabaniss, the founder of professional nursing in Virginia; and Marie Kimball, an early preservationist. Essays on cotton textile workers in the late nineteenth century and home demonstration agents in the early twentieth examine women’s collective experiences in these important areas. Altogether, the essays in this collection offer readers an engaging and personal window into the experiences of women in the Old Dominion.

Anna Berkes

Warren Hofstra

Jodi Koste

Pamela Matthews

Amy Feely Morsman

Jennifer Ritterhouse

Megan Shockley

Amy Tillerson-Brown

Ray Bonis

Arica L. Coleman

Beth English

Caroline E. Janney

Catherine Jones

Ann McCleary

Cassandra Newby-Alexander

Antoinette G. van Zelm

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.