CRRL History: Virginia Women
Annotation:"Brabbling Women takes its title from a 1662 law enacted by Virginia's burgesses, which was intended to offer relief to the 'poore husbands' forced into defamation suits because their 'brabling' wives had slandered or scandalized their neighbors. To quell such episodes of female misrule, lawmakers decreed that husbands could choose either to pay damages or to have their wives publicly ducked.But there was more at stake here. By examining women's use of language, Terri L. Snyder demonstrates how women resisted and challenged oppressive political, legal, and cultural practices in colonial Virginia."
Annotation:"Stuart Nicholson's biography of Ella Fitzgerald is considered a classic in jazz literature. Drawing on original documents, interviews, and new information, Nicholson draws a complete picture of Fitzgerald's professional and personal life. Fitzgerald rose from being a pop singer with chart-novelty hits in the late '30s to become a bandleader and then one of the greatest interpreters of American popular song."
Annotation:"...vividly brings the famously secretive writer to life, penetrating the myths, half-truths, and lies that have swirled around Glasgow since the publication of her first novel, The Descendent, in 1896. Drawing on previously unpublished papers and personal interviews, Goodman uncovers the engrossing details of Glasgow's family history, social milieu, personal tragedies, and literary career. Glasgow emerges from these pages as a woman of great courage, self-discipline, and indomitable will who survived tragedy after tragedy."
Annotation:The beautiful Langhorne sisters lived at the pinnacle of society from the end of the Civil War through the Second World War. Born in Virginia to a family impoverished by the Civil War, Lizzie, Irene, Nancy, Phyllis, and Nora eventually made their way across two continents, leaving rich husbands, fame, adoration, and scandal in their wake.
Annotation:"Step off the lush carpet and push through the swinging door of the butler's pantry to enter the bustling realm of domestic workers at Maymont House from 1893 to 1925. In From Morning to Night, Elizabeth O'Leary takes the reader behind the scenes in the opulent mansion of the Richmond multimillionaire James H. Dooley and his wife, Sallie. Drawing upon personal letters, business and government documents, and numerous oral histories of older Richmonders -- both black and white -- O'Leary examines the parallel and divergent viewpoints of server and served in this Virginia version of "'Upstairs/Downstairs.'"
Annotation:"Kathleen Brown examines the origins of racism and slavery in British North America from the perspective of gender. Both a basic social relationship and a model for other social hierarchies, gender helped determine the construction of racial categories and the institution of slavery in Virginia. But the rise of racial slavery also transformed gender relations, including ideals of masculinity."
Annotation:One of the first popular studies to take on the subject of Virginia's women from a feminist perspective is worth checking out.
Annotation:Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Annotation:"Born into slavery, mulatto Elizabeth Keckly was Mary Lincoln's dressmaker, confidante, and mainstay during the difficult years that the Lincolns occupied the White House and the early years of Mary's widowhood. But she was a fascinating woman in her own right, independent and already well-established as the dressmaker to the Washington elite when she was first hired by Mary Lincoln upon her arrival in the nation's capital."
Annotation:"Moving southern women's history beyond the plantation, these 13 essays (11 of them never before published) explore the working lives of ordinary women--free black, white, and Native American--in the antebellum South."
Annotation:"Elisabeth Bocock's vision was of a city that would take historic preservation seriously, of a society that would accept the importance of conservation. Impatient with process and society's conventions, she used her enormous personal magnetism to circumvent them when founding many of the institutions Richmond takes for granted today. In the creation of the Historic Richmond Foundation, the Carriage Museum at Maymont, the Hand Workshop, and the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy she played the dual roles of visionary and bulldozer."
Annotation:"More than 35 years after her death, 'Patsy' offers an intimate look at hard-living, hard-loving Patsy Cline, who surmounted unimaginable odds to become the most popular female country singer in recording history."
Annotation:An exhibition of works by various female Virginian artists over a period of more than three centuries. Includes numerous photographs & reproductions of various Virginia women & period artifacts. I. "No Obey": Women's Changing Status in the Seventeenth Century; II. "Prepar'd for Compliance": Colonial Women; III. "Never Was No Time Like 'Em Befo' or Since": The War and After; V. "Struggle for the Liberation of Personality": The Modern Era; A Chronology of Virginia Women and Their Times - Dru Dowdy
Annotation:"For the first time in 400 years, the true story of Pocahontas is revealed by her own people. This important book shares the sacred and previously unpublished oral history of the Mattaponi tribe and their memories of 17th-century Jamestown that have been passed down from generation to generation."
Annotation:"Born to a family of social standing in antebellum Tidewater Virginia, the Bernard sisters of "Gay Mont" plantation carried all the marks of privilege and high breeding. Their lives uprooted as war approached and turned their homes into battlegrounds, the sisters found strength together to face the many privations and challenges of the four-year conflict."
Annotation:Willa Cather's childhood in post-Civil War Virginia, her adolescence on the Nebraska prairies, her love of the Southwest, and her intimate knowledge of opera and the theater provided her with the characters and setting for a dozen novels and numerous short stories. Cather's story is one of a woman who carefully guarderd her privacy while expressing her feelings and attitudes through the characters she created.
Annotation:"Mrs. Beale’s journal stands as one of the best accounts of life in a small Southern town during the 1850s and early 1860s. This new edition of her diary includes color photographs, updated endnotes, and an Introduction by John Hennessy and Barbara Willis."
Annotation:"Many civilians on both sides during the Civil War hoped to support the war effort as spies, but only a few actually became useful agents. One of the most effective--and least known--was a woman living in the heart of Confederate Richmond. Elizabeth Van Lew, called 'Crazy Bet' by her suspicious and condescending neighbors, maintained contact with Union authorities throughout most of the war and earned the thanks of Gen. U. S. Grant, among others, at the war's end. The secret diary Van Lew kept during those years provides an unparalleled account of the life of a Civil War spy."