Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier edited by Michael J. Puglisi (review)

Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier edited by Michael J. Puglisi (University of Tennessee Press, 1997)

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Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier edited by Michael J. Puglisi (review)

by John C. Willias
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 3: Fall 1998

University of Tennessee Press, 1997

Emory, Virginia, played host to a polyglot gathering of locally focused intellectuals in October 1992. Over a span of two days, scholars interested in frontier Virginia met there to consider, debate, and reevaluate settlement of the Old Dominion’s early westward fringes. From this ferment, editor Michael J. Puglisi of Marian College drew forth the contributions of nine historians, two geographers, two archaeologists, and a linguist. No doubt, “Diversity and Accommodation” seemed an accurate title for these disparate perspectives (and a true description of the editor’s job in fashioning them together).