"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
Next event
Featured Promotion

Learn about how the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia helped women gain the right to vote.

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia
Best pic from today's VHS foodie bus trip: members inside Ukrop's Homestyle Foods #rva #vahistory #ukrops t.co/AFN8jMz6OJ

Basic Virginia business and economic history bibliography and online resources

The VHS Reynolds Business History Center staff has compiled a list of online resources and a basic bibliography for researching Virginia business and economic history.

Online resources

Here are a few online resources that may be useful during your research:

Bibliography

  • Adams, Sean Patrick. Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

  • Breen, T. H. Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985.

  • Cross, Malcolm A. Dan River Runs Deep: An Informal History of a Major Textile Company, 1950–81. New York: The Total Book, 1982.

  • Dew, Charles B. Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994.

  • ———. Ironmaker to the Confederacy: Joseph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.

  • Fogel, Robert William and Stanley L. Engerman. Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1974.

  • Fox, William A. Always Good Ships: Histories of Newport News Ships. Norfolk: Donning Company, 1986.

  • Gibson, Langhorne, Jr. Cabell's Canal: The Story of the James River and Kanawha. Richmond: Commodore Press, 2000.

  • Kulikoff, Allan. Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680–1800. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

  • Levengood, Paul A. Virginia: Catalyst of Commerce for Four Centuries. Richmond: Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 2007.

  • Lindgren, James M. "'First and Foremost a Virginian': Joseph Bryan and the New South Economy." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 96 (1988): 157–80.

  • Majewski, John. A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia Before the Civil War. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

  • Noe, Kenneth W. Southwest Virginia's Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

  • Oden, Michael, Laura Wolf-Powers, and Ann Markusen. "Post Cold War Conversion: Gains, Losses and Hidden Changes in the U.S. Economy." Essay in America's Peace Dividend, Columbia International Affairs Online, December 2000.

  • Ragsdale, Bruce A. A Planters' Republic: The Search for Economic Independence in Revolutionary Virginia. Madison, Wisc.: Madison House, 1996.

  • Ransom, Roger L. and Richard Sutch. One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation (2d ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

  • Robert, Joseph C. Ethyl: A History of the Corporation and the People who Made It. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983.

  • Shifflett, Crandall A. Coal Towns: Life, Work, and Culture in Company Towns of Southern Appalachia, 1880–1960. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1991.

  • Siegel, Frederick F. The Roots of Southern Distinctiveness: Tobacco and Society in Danville, Virginia, 1780–1865. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

  • Smith, Solomon K. "Industrial Activities in Eighteenth-Century Virginia, and the Use of Slavery Therein." MA thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000.

  • Smith, Robert Sidney. Mill on the Dan: A History of Dan River Mills, 1882–1950. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1960.

  • Stover, John F. The Railroads of the South, 1865–1900. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1955.

  • Striplin, E. F. The Norfolk & Western: A History. Roanoke, Va.: Norfolk & Western Railway Co., 1981.

  • Troutman. Phillip D. "Geographies of Family and Market: Virginia's Domestic Slave Trade in the Nineteenth Century." University of Virginia Library Geospatial and Statistical Datat Center, Spring 1998.

  • Virginia Business, 1986–2006.

  • Wright, Gavin. Old South, New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy Since the Civil War. New York: Basic Books, 1986.

  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia. "Virginia Statistical Abstract, Section 16, Population. Urban and Rural Population of Virginia, 1790–2000,” 2005.

You might also be interested in