Virginia Women
Their Lives and Times

Edited by Cynthia A. Kierner and Sandra Gioia Treadway
Volume 2

More life-and-times histories of women from Virginia


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.

Contributors: Anna Berkes on Marie Kimball; Ray Bonis on Adèle Clark; Arica L. Coleman on Mildred Loving; Beth English on Wage-Earning Women; Warren R. Hofstra on Virginia “Patsy” Cline; Caroline E. Janney on Janet Henderson Weaver Randolph; Catherine Jones on Lucy Goode Brooks; Jodi L. Koste on Sadie Heath Cabaniss; Pamela R. Matthews on Ellen Glasgow; Ann E. McCleary on Rural Women and Girls in the Virginia Home Demonstration Program; Amy Feely Morsman on Caroline F. Putnam; Cassandra Newby-Alexander on Vivian Carter Mason; Jennifer Ritterhouse on Sarah Patton Boyle; Megan Taylor Shockley on Sharon Bottoms and Linda Kaufman; Amy Tillerson-Brown on Black Women in Prince Edward County; Sandra Gioia Treadway on Dorothy McDiarmid and Mary Marshall; Antoinette G. van Zelm on Orra Gray Langhorne

Southern Women: Their Lives and Times

Page count: 436 pp.
34 b&w photos, 1 map
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Cynthia A. Kierner is a professor of history at George Mason University.
Sandra Gioia Treadway is the director of the Library of Virginia.