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.
About the Author
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.
BETH ENGLISH is a research associate at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Table of Contents
Introduction Cynthia A. Kierner Sandra Gioia Treadway 1
Grace Sherwood: The Virginia Witch Cynthia A. Kierner 11
Cockacoeske and Sarah Harris Stegge Grendon: Bacons Rebellion and the Roles of Women Kristalyn M. Shefveland 33
Jane Webb and Her Family Life Stories and the Law in Early Virginia Terri L. Snyder 55
Clementina Rind: Widowed Printer of Williamsburg Martha J. King 74
Sarah Jerdone: Negotiating Revolution Linda L. Sturtz 95
Anne Henry Christian: Chronicling Family and Business on the Revolutionary Frontier Gail S. Terry 116
Mary Draper Ingles: A Survivor in Her Time and a Legend Ever Since Mary C. Ferrari 138
Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell: Champion of Faith in the Early Republic Jon Kukla 160
Elizabeth Jacquelin Ambler Brent Carrington: A Founder of the Female Humane Association for Orphan Girls in Richmond Sarah Hand Meacham 180
Dolley Madison: A Case Study in Southern Style Catherine Allgor 201
Harriet Hemings: Daughter of the President's Slave Catherine Kerrison 222
Edy Turner: The Nottoway Indians' "Female Chief" Helen C. Rountree 244
Ann R. Page and Mary L. Custis: From Annfield and Arlington to Africa, with Love Deborah A. Lee 260
Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in New England and Beyond Lisa A. Francavilla 283
Elizabeth Van Lew: Southern Lady, Union Spy Elizabeth R. Varon 305
Antonia Ford Willard: Southern Belle, Yankee Wife Michelle A. Krowl 323
Sally Louisa Tompkins: Confederate Healer E. Susan Barber 344