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Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement

By David H. Fischer, James C. Kelly

Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement

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Tags: atlantic studies, colonial virginia, genealogy, virginia, virginia history

Started reading:
2010-04-09 14:57:54
Finished reading:
2010-04-18 11:42:48

Review

Rating: 6

Begun as a catalog for an exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, this book looks at migration to, within, and from Virginia while exploring the idea of the origins of westward movement. It takes, as its starting point, the frontier thesis of historian Frederick Jackson Turner and explores the factors in migration, particularly the interplay of the various factors that led to migration. There’s some redundancy with people being described in passing and then that same information repeated in greater detail further along in the chapter (almost as if exhibition descriptions were pasted into the text but not fully integrated into the narrative). The insights and biographies are very compelling, however, and give a great feel to the scope of migration and Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States.

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