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Start by marking A Girl's Life in Virginia Before the War as Want to Read . In the opening Letitia Burwell makes it quite clear that she is writing this book so that her nieces will not be ashamed by their slave holding ancestors.

Start by marking A Girl's Life in Virginia Before the War as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Burwell's fears that her nieces are being poisoned by wicked Yankee authors who are once again plotting against the South by writing, in Burwell's worldview, exaggerated stories about the evils of slavery. What the reader gets is a fascinating view of Southern culture from a very sheltered and pampered Southern belle.

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LC Subject Headings: Burwell, Letitia M. Girls - Virginia - Biography. In one was a prayer-book, kept by one of the men, a preacher, from which he read the marriage ceremony at the weddings. Women - Virginia - Biography. THAT my birthplace should have been a Virginia plantation, my lot in life cast on a Virginia plantation, my ancestors, for nine generations, owners of Virginia plantations, remain facts mysterious and inexplicable but to Him who determined the bounds of our habitations, and said: "Be still, and know that I am Go. Confined exclusively to a Virginia plantation during my earliest childhood, I believed the world one vast plantation bounded by negro quarters.

Plantation Reminiscences. By Letitia M. Burwell.

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Letitia Burwell grew up at Avenel House (Plantation) in Bedford, VA as one of four daughters of William and Frances Steptoe Burwell. Her home is one of the Civil War Trail sites and is also one of the haunted sites in the Roanoke area. Her home is one of the Civil War Trail sites and is also one of the haunted sites in the Roanoke area Read Book Download.

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After reading the reviews, I'd like to clarify something... many of the reprints, unlike the first edition I purchased and the reprints by Letitia's home town and her home Avenel, have taken out her dedication from the book.... I know quite a lot about Letitia because I have been researching her family for a family member who owns Letitia's sister's home. The dedication in the front of the book is an important insight into why she wrote the book. Her hope was to let her nieces and nephews know that unlike the rhetoric and stories being spread in the post Civil War Era about what monsters all plantation owner were, her parents and grandparents were NOT monsters or evil people. They and the families they associated with where kind and loving people and were good to their slaves, as good as possible under the institution of slavery (which we today seem to forget, was quite the normal in the south as well as other states at the time). The new rule of 'presentism' distorted history and never helpful when studying history. And for those of you who doubt her memories, I suggest you find a copy of the book "Our War" which contains her diary of the first two years of the civil war, as well as diaries of others, including excerpts of union soldiers who stayed in 'Liberty / Bedford' during the war.
Written in 1895, some 30 years after the end of the Civil War, this memoir by Letitia M. Burrell depicts a pre-War, plantation life-style that includes slavery -- but in a benign, non-critical way. In fact, her purpose in writing this memoir was to set the record straight with regard to what she perceived to be blantant misrepresentations in many publications relative to their depictions of slave-holders as evil people and their casting aspersions on the pleasant, Southern way-of-llfe she recalled having experienced and enjoyed as a young child. Thus, this is an account of how SHE regarded plantation life and slavery from her idyllic, childish, and privileged position, and (more troubling) how SHE later recalled it as an adult in the warm, transforming glow of memory. The problem is HER perceived and uncritically remembered "truth" does not conform to THE actual and complete historical truth regarding slavery, and this book will undoubtedly be upsetting to many readers who disagree with both her premise and her presentation.

Some of today's readers may choose to condemn her and ignore her book. I think it better to read her depictions, seriously think about them, and compare them to those in more objective, well-researched treatments, as well as to first-person slave narratives from those who should know best; that way her perceptual errors can be fully recognized as such, and her book placed in proper historical context. Only by recognizing where Burwell is coming from at both stages of her life (as a child on a Southern plantation and as an adult writer of memories) can we understand the romanticized, fantasy-world nature of much of her account. This isn't how slavery actually was throughout the entire South, and very likely this is not how it REALLY was even on her own plantation had she been able to see beneath the surface through the eyes of an inquiring, unbiased adult. But perceptions and misperceptions (especially those originating in childhood), and decades-old memories subsequently based on them, can easily distort the truth, even (given enough time) turning what many folks would regard as the (very) bad old-days into something that a person like Burwell could refer to as particularly good ones.

This is both a troubling book and a challenging one, and it is one that certainly raises many questions, such as: Can ANY memoir ever be fully trusted? How reliable and self-serving are anyone's (but particularly, in this instance, Burwell's) personal perceptions and recollections? To what extent can this book, given its erroneous views on slavery, be trusted as an eyewitness account about OTHER aspects of plantation life? How could Burwell (who wrote this book as an adult) be so blind to the inherent evils underlying the institution of slavery, even IF (to give her the benefit of the doubt) as a child she didn't personally see slaves being treated in a manner her youthful self could recognize as mistreatment? (For example, a slave shanty might have seemed pleasantly quaint and cozy to a child, not the miserable substandard hovel a conscientious adult should have recognized it to be, either then or later in mature retrospection. The child can be forgiven for her false impressions, but can we so readily forgive the adult writing about it uncritically many years later?) Given today's intense and outspoken demonization of Southern slavery, how is the modern, enlightened reader to regard an account like Burwell's that fails to villify it? What does Burwell's admiration for Robert E. Lee (about whom she chose to write at the end of the book) suggest about her lingering adult attitudes toward secession, the Confederacy, and the War? (In other words, is she an unrepentant Rebel?) And how might these attitudes have colored her depictions of pre-War slavery? Any consideration of such questions begins with reading -- not ignoring -- Burwell's book.

FYI: There are numerous editions of this book available in the Kindle Store at various prices. I obtained my copy when one of them was being offered as a freebie; otherwise, the lowest-priced edition currently sells for $.99.
An aging woman documents her memories of life on a plantation as a girl to counter post Civil War accounts of plantation life she feels to be unfair. A must read for anyone studying life on plantations or slavery in Virginia as it is a first hand account from perspectives of the period. The perspective of a young girl, and what events survive in her memories from childhood, is especially interesting. An easy read except for some of the phonetic spelling.
My sentiments exactly that the book is a product of its time and I found it quite interesting, though the woman would indeed be considered ignorant by today's standards.
This book was a wonderful description of life in the civil war era in the town of Bedford Virginia.
This was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It depicts the life of a girl on a plantation in Virginia before the war between the States. For myself who have endured years of propaganda demonizing the South and their practice of Slavery (like Uncle Tom's Cabin) - It's nice to finally hear something that comes much closer to the truth of how things really were before that unjust war took place. This book is a treasure for seekers of truth who want to know what things were really like in the South before the war and not simply what a corrupt, 'french revolution style' government wants you to believe.

For more information on this topic I would recommend any of the many books on the Southern position of the Civil War. Seabrook has some great information on this topic in his book "everything you were taught about the civil war is wrong- ask a southerner!" and there are others as well like Kennedy's "the south was right" etc.
This book will probably offend many native and african americans, but from an objective standpoint it is a good reference of confirmation. The sick mindset of the european american settlers and their views of non white people across the globe are shown clearly in this book. I found it very interesting.