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Suggested Readings on Virginia History

Recommended reading on Virginia history from the precontact era to the twentieth century


Buckley, Thomas E. Establishing Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Statute in Virginia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013.

Burr, Sherri. Complicated Lives : Free Blacks in Virginia, 1619–1865. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2019.

Coleman, Arica L. That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

Draper, Christina S. et al. Don't Grieve After Me: The Black Experience in Virginia, 16192005. Charlottesville: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2006.

Egloff, Keith, and Deborah Wodward. First People: The Early Indians of Virginia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press in association with the Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources, 2006.

Heinemann, Ronald L. Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 16072007. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Kierner, Cynthia A., Jennifer R. Loux, and Megan Taylor Shockley. Changing History: Virginia Women through Four Centuries. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 2013.

Rountree, Helen C., and E. Randolph Turner. Before and After Jamestown: Virginia’s Powhatans and Their Predecessors. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2002.

Stephenson, Richard W., and Marianne M. McKee, eds. Virginia in Maps: Four Centuries of Settlement, Growth, and Development. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 2008.

Tarter, Brent. Virginians and Their Histories. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020.

Wallenstein, Peter. Cradle of America: A History of Virginia. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2014.

Williams, John A. Appalachia: A History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.