Commodity Chains and Chained Commodities
VFH Fellow Calvin Schermerhorn examines how slavery was intimately tied to Northern and transatlantic financial institutions by following the odyssey of Sam Watts, an enslaved twenty-two-year-old man first bought in Virginia in 1831.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel: Unearthing the Past on the iPad
Fall 2011 fellow Mary Lyons published the results of her fellowship in Dark Passage: The Virginia Blue Ridge Tunnel (2012). For this book, she went the digital route: the book was released through iTunes, for reading on the iPad.
Jefferson’s Daughters and Revolutionary Thought
What did the American Revolution mean for people who were not elite white males? VFH Fellow Catherine Kerrison explores this question through the three daughters of Thomas Jefferson.
The Secret Lives of Porgy and Bess
The gift of a first edition of the novel Porgy led to VFH Fellow Kendra Hamilton’s discovery that the fictional hero was, in fact, a real person and that her grandmother knew him. Hamilton hopes to reveal this man’s story and its implications for our time.
The French Education of Martha Jefferson Randolph
VFH Fellow Catherine Kerrison argues that Martha Jefferson Randolph’s French education significantly influenced her ideas about female education and female identity, which in turn shaped the program of education she created for her daughters.
“Feminism LOL”: VFH Fellow Andrea Press on the Postfeminist Age
Andrea Press examines the aftermath of the feminist movement in the public imagination in her upcoming book project. A professor of Media Studies and Sociology at U.Va., Press also has several upcoming articles on the gender factor in the controversy over the resignation and reinstatement of U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan.
Historic Markers Commemorate Four Sites of VFH Grants and Fellowship Projects
This past July, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved 13 new commemorative historical markers around the state.VFH has been involved with projects involving four of the newly-recognized sites and people.