Ladies and Gentlemen on Display: Creating Plantation Society at the Virginia Springs, 1790–1860

Lecture Description

Each summer between 1790 and 1860, hundreds, and eventually thousands, of southern men and women left the diseases and boredom of their plantation homes and journeyed to the springs of western Virginia for entertainment and for health. The Virginia Springs provided a theater of sorts, where contests for power between men and women, fashionables and evangelicals, blacks and whites, old and young, and even northerners and southerners played out–away from the traditional roles of the plantation. In their pursuit of health and pleasure, white southerners created a truly regional community at the springs. At this edge of the South, elite southern society shaped itself, defining what it meant to be a southerner and redefining social roles and relations.

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Social and Cultural South

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Charlene M. Boyer Lewis

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