Un-democratic Va.



GUEST: Historian and author Brent Tarter, founding editor of the Library of Virginia’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography.


TOPIC: Brent discusses his new book, The Grandees of Government: The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia.  “From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into the twenty-first century, Virginia’s history has been marked by obstacles to democratic change. In The Grandees of Government, Brent Tarter offers an extended commentary based in primary sources on how these undemocratic institutions and ideas arose, and how they were both perpetuated and challenged.”


ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE:  Thursday, January 9, 2014.