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Where are the Women:
An aspect of public education that has not been much studied is the publication of textbooks. Not only were women present as teachers in nearly all of the public and most of the private schools in Virginia, they were present also in the form of textbooks that some of them wrote. For generations, beginning at least as early as the 1873 publication of the first edition of Mary Tucker Magill's History of Virginia, for the Use of Schools, Virginia woman shaped the historical perspectives of girls and boys through the books that they wrote. In the next generation after Magill, Rose Mortimer Ellzey MacDonald, who wrote Then and Now in Dixie (1933), published two heavily revised editions of John Walter Wayland's History of Virginia for Boys and Girls in 1943 and 1950. Magill, MacDonald, and other writers reinforced the traditional themes of Virginia history that celebrated heroic white men conquering and civilizing a wilderness, winning independence, and fighting valiantly in the Civil War.
Magill’s First Book in Virginia History. Mary Tucker Magill. Lynchburg: J. P. Bell, 1908. Bound volume. The Library of Virginia
A History of Virginia for Boys and Girls. John Walter Wayland. New York: Macmillan, 1943. Bound volume. The Library of Virginia
Popular Life of Gen. Robert Edward Lee. Emily V. Mason. Illustrated by Adalbert John Volck. Baltimore: J. Murphy & Co., 1872. Bound volume. The Library of Virginia
The Southern Poems of the War. Emily V. Mason, compiler. Baltimore: J. Murphy & Co., 1869. Bound volume. The Library of Virginia
Journal of a Young Lady of Virginia. Emily V. Mason, ed. Baltimore: J. Murphy & Co., 1871. Bound volume. The Library of Virginia
Norfolk students’ protests. June 1939.
NAACP Papers, Library of Congress. LC-USZ62-61026 and