Bound Away: Virginia And The Westward Movement by David Hackett FischerBound Away: Virginia And The Westward Movement by David Hackett Fischer

Bound Away: Virginia And The Westward Movement

byDavid Hackett Fischer

Paperback | March 1, 2000

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Bound Away offers a new understanding of the westward movement. After Frederick Jackson Turner's thesis celebrating the frontier as the source of American freedom and democracy, and the iconoclasm of the new western historians who dismissed the idea of the frontier as merely a mask for conquest and exploitation, David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly take a third approach to the subject. They share with Turner the idea of the westward movement as a creative process of high importance in American history, but they understand it in a different way.

Whereas Turner studied the westward movement in terms of its destination, Fischer and Kelly approach it in terms of its origins. Virginia's long history enables them to provide a rich portrait of migration and expansion as a dynamic process that preserved strong cultural continuities. They suggest that the oxymoron "bound away" -- from the folk song "Shenandoah" -- captures a vital truth about American history. As people moved west, they built new societies from old materials, in a double-acting process that made America what it is today.

Based on an acclaimed exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, the book studies three stages of migration to, within, and from Virginia. Each stage has its own story to tell. Together they offer an opportunity to study the westward movement through three centuries, as it has rarely been studied before.

Fischer and Kelly believe that the westward movement was a broad cultural process best understood not only through the writings of intellectual elites but also through the physical artifacts and folkways of ordinary people. The wealth of anecdotes and illustrations in this volume offers a new wayof looking at John Smith and William Byrd, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, Dred Scott, and scores of lesser-known gentry, yeomen, servants, and slaves who were all "bound away" to an old new world.

Title:Bound Away: Virginia And The Westward MovementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.3 × 6.23 × 1.09 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:University Press Of VirginiaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813917743

ISBN - 13:9780813917740


From Our Editors

This provocative and intellectual study, by history professor David Hackett Fisher, and museum director James C. Kelly, is based on an acclaimed exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society. Bound Away examines the expansion of the American Frontier in Virginia and how it happened in three stages: of migration to, within and from Virginia. This visually appealing volume that features 121 black and white illustrations received excellent reviews from Journal of Southern History and Virginia Historical Magazine.