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Volume 128 (2020)

Volume 128 / Number 1

  • James Monroe and American Military Policy: A Lifetime of Connection and Growing Advocacy for a Standing Army, by Samuel J. Watson, pp. 2–43
  • "A New Era in Building": African American Educational Activism in Goochland County, Virginia, 1911–32, by Brian J. Daugherity and Alyce Miller, pp. 44–85


  • Foreword, pp. 98–101
  • Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women's Suffrage to Today (A Brief Summary), pp. 102–17
  • Lucy Randolph Mason, "Expediant" Suffragist for Economic and Racial Justice in the South, by Jennifer L. Ritterhouse, pp. 118–53
  • "You'll Love Women's Bank": Transforming Richmond's Business Community and Culture, 1976–84, by Emilie Raymond, pp. 154–81

Volume 127 (2019)

Volume 127 / Number 1

  • The Disestablishment of Religion in Virginia: Dissenters, Individual Rights, and the Separation of Church and State, by Debra R. Neill, pp. 2–41
  • American Hero, Confederate Idol: Consul General Fitzhugh Lee and the Limits of Sectional Reconciliation, by Andrew C. Baker, pp. 42–68

Volume 127 / Number 2

  • Neo-Mercantilism, American Style: The Virginia Port Bill of 1784 and the Madisonian Origins of U.S. Fair Trade Ideology, by Richard S. Chew, pp. 98–127
  • A Professor's Civil War: M. Schele de Vere's Struggle with the Confederacy, by Stefan Schöberlein, pp. 128–61

Volume 127 / Number 3

  • The Arrival of the First Africans to English North America, by Cassandra Newby-Alexander, pp. 186–99
  • In Search of the 1619 African Arrivals: Enslavement and Middle Passage, by Linda M. Heywood and John K. Thornton, pp. 200–211
  • "Others Not Christians in the Service of the English": Interpreting the Status of Africans and African Americans in Early Virginia, by John C. Coombs, pp. 212–3

Volume 127 / Number 4

  • Unholy Communion: Colonial Virginia's Deserted Altars and Inattentive Anglicans, by Jacob M. Blosser, pp. 266–99
  • "An Honest Intelligent Man": Thomas Jefferson, the Free Black Patrick Henry, and the Founder's Racial Views in His Last Years, by Arthur Scherr, pp. 300–339

Volume 126 (2018)

Volume 126 / Number 1

WWI Centennial Issue

  • Foreword, pp. 2–5
  • The Commonwealth and the Great War (A Brief Summary), pp. 6–21
  • A Virginia Family's Experience during the Great War: The Holladays of Richmond, by Lynn Rainville, pp. 22–43
  • Creating Virginia's War Memorial Carillon: A Citizens' Campaign for a Memorial to Call Their Own, by Jessica Lambertz Witek, pp. 44–81
  • Virginia's World War I Roll of Honor (A Commemorative Reprint), pp. 82–157

Volume 126 / Number 2

  • Namontack's Itinerant Life and Mysterious Death: Sources and Speculations, by Alden T. Vaughan, pp. 170–209
  • Sarah Garland Jones, by Cassandra Newby-Alexander, pp. 210–54

Volume 126 / Number 3

  • "Caesar Had His Brutus": What Did Patrick Henry Really Say?, by John A. Ragosta, pp. 282–97
  • "The Devil Let Loose Generally": James W. Hunnicutt's Conceptualization of the Union in Fredericksburg, by Steven E. Nash, pp. 298–333
  • Beyond the Plantation: Freedmen, Social Experimentation, and African American Community in Freedman's Village, 1863–1900, by Lindsey Bestebreurtje, pp. 334–65

Volume 126 / Number 4

  • Soldiers, Servants, and Very Interested Bystanders: Montgomery County's African American Community during the Civil War, by Daniel B. Thorp, pp. 378–421
  • The Quiet Path of an Invisible Man: Irving Linwood Peddrew III and Desegregation at Virginia Tech, by Tamara Kennelly, pp. 422–66


Volume 125 (2017)

Volume 125 / Number 1

  • Sir John Harvey: Royal Governor of Virginia, 1628–1639, by Brent Tarter, pp. 2–37
  • Soil Tilled by Free Men: The Formation of a Free Black Community in Fairfax County, Virginia, by Susan Hellman and Maddy McCoy, pp. 38–67

    Volume 125 / Number 2

    • A Meteor and a Generous Mind: The Revolutionary Political Thought of Thomson Mason, by Kathy O. McGill, pp. 98–137
    • A History of Madness: Four Venerable Virginia Lunatic Asylum, by Caroline Norris, pp. 138–82

    Volume 125 / Number 3

    • "This Unpleasant Business": Slavery, Law, and the Pleasants Family in Post-Revolutionary Virginia, by William Fernandez Hardin, pp. 210–45
    • Bridge to the New Dominion: Virginia's 1965 Gubernatorial Election, by James R. Sweeney, pp. 246–88

    Volume 125 / Number 4

    • A Traitor's Epiphany: Benedict Arnold in Virginia and His Quest for Reconciliation, by Mark Edward Lender and James Kirby Martin, pp. 314–58
    • "Business in Dangerous in the Extreme": The Use of Innovation to Manage Risk and Failure of Henry Heth in the Early Virginia Coal Industry, pp. 358–94

    Volume 124 (2016)

    Volume 124 / Number 1

    • The Son of a Certain Woman: Crossing Boundaries of Slavery and Race in Early National Virginia, by Michael L. Nicholls, pp. 2–27
    • The African American Housing Crisis in Alexandria, Virginia, 1930s–1960s, by Krystyn R. Moon, pp. 28–68

    Volume 124 / Number 2

    • The Gift of Friendship: Ellen Gaslgow and Amélie Rives, Virginia Writers, by Jane Turner Censer, pp. 98–133
    • Booker T. Washington High School: History, Identity, and Educational Equity in Norfolk, Virginia, by Jeffry L. Littlejohn and Charles H. Ford, pp. 134–62

    Volume 124 / Number 3

    • "A Good Base Ball Club Is a Splendid Advertisement to a Town": Baseball and the New South in Clifton Forge, Virginia, by Josh Howard, pp. 186–215
    • Mary Custis Lee Warns of the Consequences of War in October 1914, by Susan Carter Vogel, pp. 216–60

    Volume 124 / Number 4

    • "Bolder Attitude": James Monroe, the French Revolution, and the Making of the Monroe Doctrine, by Brook Poston, pp. 282–315
    • Richmond's Sherwood Park: A Forgotten Olmsted Neighborhood, by Gregory J. Kaliss, pp. 316–46

    Volume 123 (2015)

    Volume 123 / Number 1

    • A Conquerer or a Peacemaker? Abraham Lincoln in Richmond, by Michael D. Gorman, pp. 2–89

    Volume 123 / Number 2

    • Professor Minnigerode at the Antiques Roadshow: A Photographic Rarity Sheds New Light on Richmond's Beloved Wartime Preacher and His Earliest Portraitist, by Robert Doares, pp. 106–39
    • A Confederate Memorial the "Equal of Gettysburg": Sectionalism and Memory in the Establishment of Manassas National Battlefield Park, 1890–1940, by Michael Burns, pp. 140–70

    Volume 123 / Number 3

    • James Madison and the Constitution: Reassessing the "Madison Problem," by Jeff Broadwater, pp. 202–35
    • "In Violation of the General Principles of Political Economy": Philip Pendleton Barbour and Virginia's Assault on the Protective Tariff, 1816–1824, by William S. Belko, pp. 236–70

    Volume 123 / Number 4

    • Virginia's Great Fresh of 1771 and the Politics of Disaster Relief, by Kathleen S. Murphy, pp. 298–323
    • "Preserve Us From Such Democracy": Politics, Slavery, and Political Culture in Antebellum Northwest Virginia, 1850–1861, by Adam J. Zucconi, pp. 324–54

    Volume 122 (2014)

    Volume 122 / Number 1

    • The 1736 Survey of the Potomac River, by Dan Guzy, pp. 2–39
    • Foreign Affairs and the Ratification of the Constitution in Virginia, by Robert W. Smith, pp. 40–67

    Volume 122 / Number 2

    • Seizing the Past: Revolutionary Memory and the Civil War in Yorktown, by Sarah Goldberger, pp. 98–127
    • Variety Shows, Minstrelsy, and Social Aesthetics during the Virginia Encampment of 1863–64, by James A. Davis, pp. 128–55
    • Restored and Vindicated: The Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1864, by Sara B. Bearss, pp. 156–81

    Volume 122 / Number 3

    • A Vision Lost: Dr. Robert J. Preston and the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum, 1887–1906, by Anthony P. Cavender, pp. 202–29
    • Showdown on Mr. Jefferson's Lawn: Contesting Jim Crow during the University of Virginia's Protodesegregation, by Alexander S. Leidholdt, pp. 230–71

    Volume 122 / Number 4

    • "His Loyalty Was But Lip Service": Loyalty Oaths and the Military Arrests of Two Ministers in Occupied Virginia during the Civil War, by Sean A. Scott, pp. 298–335
    • Escaping the Veritable Battle Cloud: Mary Johnston and the Reconstruction of History, by Clayton McClure Brooks, pp. 336–67


    Volume 121 (2013)

    Volume 121 / Number 1

    • St. George Tucker, Spencer Roane, and the Virginia Court of Appeals, 1804–11, by Charles F. Hobson, pp. 2–43
    • Postscript to Massive Resistance: The Decline and Fall of the Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government, by James R. Sweeney, pp. 44–86

    Volume 121 / Number 2

    • "Crystallized into Solid Reality": How Mason Locke "Parson" Weems Shaped George Washington's Boyhood Home, by Philip Levy, pp. 106–45
    • Reconstructing the Old Dominion: Lewis F. Powell, Stuart T. Saunders, and the Virginia Industrialization Group, 1958–65, by Charles H. Ford and Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, pp. 146–72

    Volume 121 / Number 3

    • The Letters of Oliver and Bernie Hill, 1934–36: The Forming of a Legendary Civil Rights Lawyer, by Margaret Edds, pp. 210–49
    • Program of Action: The Rev. L. Francis Griffin and the Struggle for Racial Equality in Farmville, 1963, by Brian E. Lee and Brian J. Daugherity, pp. 250–87

    Volume 121 / Number 4

    • The Beginnings of African American Education in Montgomery County, by Daniel B. Thorp, pp. 314–45
    • "Dear Harry," "My Dear Jack": The Evolving Friendship between James J. Kilpatrick, Jr., and Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Sr., 1949–66, by Elizabeth Atwood, pp. 346–76


    Volume 120 (2012)

    Volume 120 / Number 1

    • Gowan Pamphlet: Baptist Preacher in Slavery and Freedom, by Linda Rowe, pp. 2–31
    • Masquerading Indians and Unsightly Blacks: Racial Policy, the American Past, and National Identity at Colonial National Monument, by Jeffrey Kosiorek, pp. 32–61
    • Battle Abbey Centennial, pp. 62–78

    Volume 120 / Number 2

    • John Randolph of Roanoke and the Politics of Slavery in the Early Republic, by Nicholas Wood, pp. 106–43
    • Polk Miller's Old South Quartette: Interracial Stage Performance at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, by Jacques Vest, pp. 144–77

    Volume 120 / Number 3

    • "That Unhappy Division": Reconsidering the Causes and Significance of the O'Kelly Schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church, by Elizabeth A. Georgian, pp. 210–35
    • Playing Her Greatest Role: Priscilla Cooper Tyler and the Politics of the White House Social Scene, 1841–44, by Christopher J. Leahy, pp. 236–69

    Volume 120 / Number 4

    • "Send us . . . what other Lawe books you shall thinke fitt": Books That Shaped the Law in Virginia, 1600–1860, by Warren M. Billings, pp. 314–39
    • Geography as Power: The Political Economy of Matthew Fontaine Maury, by John Majewski and Todd W. Wahlstrom, pp. 340–71
    • Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Evolution of Southern Memory, by Matthew Mace Barbee, pp. 372–93


    Volume 119 (2011)

    Volume 119 / Number 1

    • Bacon's Rebellion, the Grievances of the People, and the Political Culture of Seventeenth-Century Virginia, by Brent Tarter, pp. 2–41
    • Enclosing the Commons: Thomas Jefferson, Agrarian Independence, and Early American Land Policy, 1774–1789, by Mark Sturges, pp. 42–74

    Volume 119 / Number 2

    • The Long Civil War: A Historiography of the Consequences of the Civil War, by Aaron Sheehan-Dean, pp. 106–53
    • The Virginia Ordinance of Secession: A Research Note on Contemporary Copies, by Marianne E. Julienne and Brent Tarter, pp. 154–81

    Volume 119 / Number 3

    • The Divided Legacy of a Founding Father: Henry and Beverley Tucker Confront Nullification and Secession, by Chad Vanderford, pp. 210–43
    • Race, Politics, and Education in Tidewater Virginia: Christopher Newport College and the Shoe Lane Controversy of 1960–63, by Phillip Hamilton, pp. 244–75
    • “Thou Knowest Not the Time of Thy Visitation”: A Newly Discovered Letter Reveals Robert E. Lee's Lonely Struggle with Disunion, by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, pp. 276–96

    Volume 119 / Number 4

    • Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery: The Freedom Narrative of Henry Goings, by Calvin Schermerhorn, pp. 314–49
    • Madison v. Madison: Dolley Payne Madison and Her Inheritance of the Montpelier Estate, 1836–38, by Holly C. Shulman, pp. 350–93


    Volume 118 (2010)

    Volume 118 /  Number 1

    • Securing a Legacy: The Publication of James Madison's Notes from the Constitutional Convention, by David W. Houpt, pp. 2–39
    • "A Constant Attention": Dolley Madison and the Publication of the Papers of James Madison, 1836–1837, by Holly C. Shulman, pp. 40–70

    Volume 118 / Number 2

    • Michael Cresap and the Promulgation of Settler Land-Claiming Methods in the Backcountry, 1765–1774, by Cameron B. Strang, pp. 106–35
    • Secession and Slavery as a Positive Good: The Impact of the Anthony Burns Drama in Boston on Virginia, by Gordon S. Barker, pp. 136–73

    Volume 118 / Number 3

    • Pursuing Happiness in Colonial Virginia: Sacred Words, Cheap Print, and Popular Religion in the Eighteenth Century, by Jacob M. Blosser, pp. 210–45
    • Virginia's Pupil Placement Board and the Practical Applications of Massive Resistance, 1956–1966, by Sara K. Eskridge, pp. 246–76

    Volume 118 / Number 4

    • The Shenandoah River Gundalow: Reusable Boats in Virginia's Nineteenth-Century River Trade, by Seth C. Bruggeman, pp. 314–49
    • Greenock's Case: A Note on Gender, Race, Class, Politics, and Punishment in Early Virginia, by Lenaye Howard, pp. 350–65

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