Dominion of memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the decline of Virginia

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For decades, the Commonwealth of Virginia led the nation. The premier state in population, size, and wealth, it produced a galaxy of leaders: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Mason, Marshall. Four of the first five presidents were Virginians. And yet by the middle of the nineteenth century, Virginia had become a byword for slavery, provincialism, and poverty. What happened? In her remarkable book, Dominion of Memories , historian Susan Dunn reveals the little known story of the decline of the Old Dominion. While the North rapidly industrialized and democratized, Virginia's leaders turned their backs on the accelerating modern world. Spellbound by the myth of aristocratic, gracious plantation life, they waged an impossible battle against progress and time itself. In their last years, two of Virginia's greatest sons, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, grappled vigorously with the Old Dominion's plight. Butbound to the traditions of their native soil, they found themselves grievously torn by the competing claims of state and nation, slavery and equality, the agrarian vision and the promises of economic development and prosperity. This fresh and penetrating examination of Virginia's struggle to defend its sovereignty, traditions, and unique identity encapsulates, in the history of a single state, the struggle of an entire nation drifting inexorably toward Civil War.
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ils:.b37432734BookBooksEnglishBasic Books, [2007]ix, 310 pages ; 25 cm.
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subject_facetElite (Social sciences) -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century
Elite (Social sciences) -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
Jefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826 -- Political and social views
Madison, James, -- 1751-1836 -- Political and social views
Regionalism -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century
Regionalism -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
Virginia -- Economic conditions
Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865
Virginia -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865
Virginia -- Social conditions
title_displayDominion of memories : Jefferson, Madison, and the decline of Virginia
title_fullDominion of memories : Jefferson, Madison, and the decline of Virginia / Susan Dunn
title_shortDominion of memories
title_subJefferson, Madison, and the decline of Virginia
topic_facetEconomic conditions
Elite (Social sciences)
Jefferson, Thomas
Madison, James
Political and social views
Politics and government
Social conditions