In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Rhys Isaac describes and analyzes the dramatic confrontationsprimarily religious and politicalthat transformed Virginia in the second half of the eighteenth century. Making use of the observational techniques of the cultural anthropologist, Isaac vividly recreates and painstakingly dissects a society in the turmoil of profound inner change.
|Publisher:||Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press|
|Series:||Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)|
About the Author
Rhys Isaac (1937-2010) was Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Emeritus Professor of History at LaTrobe University in Australia.
What People are Saying About This
[A] gracefully written evocation of eighteenth-century Virginia culture. . . . The book convinces us that close attention to commonplace events and their settings by someone of Isaac's ability will give us fresh access to long lost worlds.American Historical Review
One of the bestand most provocativebooks written on colonial Anglo-America over the past decade, it must be the starting point for all further work on the subject. Equally important, [Isaac's] efforts to demonstrate how historians can profitably employ some of the tools of symbolic anthropologists . . . deserve close inspection.Times Literary Supplement
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not an easy read by any stretch, but a really important book that worked to illustrate how Virginia society was gradually transformed from one that aped the stratified British aristocratic order to one that genuinely valued democracy (for white guys, anyway.) This transformation, of course, being the harbinger of the US Revolution. Of course, the experience in the other colonies was markedly different. But Virginia was always a lynchpin in Colonial politics, so the gradual growth in interest in democratic ideas and ideals there had profound effects on the country as a whole.