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Suggested Readings on Virginia History

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

Reconstruction to 1900

Brundage, W. Fitzhugh. Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 18801930. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Chesson, Michael B. Richmond After the War. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1981.

Dailey, Jane Elizabeth. Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Dotson, Rand. Roanoke, Virginia. Magic City of the New South. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007.

Engs, Robert Francis. Freedom’s First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 18611890. New York: Fordham University Press, 2004.

Jones, Catherine A. Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.

Lowe, Richard. Republicans and Reconstruction in Virginia, 1856–70. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1991.

Maddex, Jack P., Jr. The Virginia Conservatives, 1867–1879: A Study in Reconstruction Politics. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1970.

Moger, Allen W. Virginia: Bourbonism to Byrd, 1870–1925. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1968.

Morgan, Lynda J. Emancipation in Virginia’s Tobacco Belt, 1850–1870. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1992.

Pulley, Raymond H. Old Virginia Restored: An Interpretation of the Progressive Impulse, 1870–1930. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1968.

Tarter, Brent. A Saga of the New South: Race, Law, and Public Debt in Virginia. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Thorp, Daniel B. Facing Freedom: An African American Community in Virginia from Reconstruction to Jim Crow. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2017.