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Scharff, Virginia

Works: 44 works in 116 publications in 1 language and 6,038 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Documentary television programs  Juvenile works  Historical television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Nonfiction films  Short films  Travelogues (Motion pictures)  Educational films 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: F591, 978
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Virginia Scharff
Taking the wheel : women and the coming of the motor age by Virginia Scharff( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The women Jefferson loved by Virginia Scharff( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson constructed a seemingly impenetrable wall between his public legacy and his private life. Now Virginia Scharff breaks down the barrier between Jefferson's public and private histories to offer an intriguing new portrait of this complicated and influential figure, as seen through the lives of a remarkable group of women. Scharff brings together for the first time in one volume the stories of these diverse women, separated by race but related by blood, including Jefferson's mother, Jane Randolph; his wife, Martha; her half sister, Sally Hemings, his slave mistress; his daughters; and his granddaughters. "Their lives, their Revolutions, their vulnerabilities, shaped the choices Jefferson made, from the selection of words and ideas in his Declaration, to the endless building of his mountaintop mansion, to the vision of a great agrarian nation that powered his Louisiana Purchase," Scharff writes. Based on a wealth of sources, including family letters, and written with empathy and great insight, The Women Jefferson Loved is a welcome new look at this legendary American and one that offers a fresh twist on American history itself
Twenty thousand roads : women, movement, and the West by Virginia Scharff( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Sacagawea's Travels with Lewis and Clark to rock groupie Pamela Des Barres's California trips, women have moved across the American West with profound consequences for the people and places they encounter. In this book Virginia Scharff revisits a grand theme of U.S. history -- our restless, relentless westward movement -- but she sets out in new directions, following women's trails from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. Her spirited stories weave a lyrical reconsideration of the processes that created, gave meaning to, and ultimately shattered the West
Home lands : how women made the West by Virginia Scharff( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The storybook history of the American West is a male dominated narrative of drifters, dreamers, hucksters, and heroes, a tale that relegates women, assuming they appear at all, to the distant background. This book upends this view to remember the West as a place of homes and habitations brought into being by the women who lived there. The authors consider history's long span as they explore the ways in which women encountered and transformed three different archetypal Western landscapes: the Rio Arriba of northern New Mexico, the Front Range of Colorado, and the Puget Sound waterscape. This book, companion volume to the Autry National Center's exhibit, is an aggregate of women's history, the history of the American West, and studies in material culture. While linking each of these places' peoples to one another over hundreds, even thousands, of years, this work reimagines the West as a setting in which home has been created out of differing notions of dwelling and family and differing concepts of property, community, and history
Seeing nature through gender( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Environmental history has traditionally told the story of Man and Nature. Scholars have too frequently overlooked the ways in which their predominantly male subjects have themselves been shaped by gender. Seeing Nature through Gender here reintroduces gender as a meaningful category of analysis for environmental history, showing how women’s actions, desires, and choices have shaped the world and seeing men as gendered actors as well. In thirteen essays that show how gendered ideas have shaped the ways in which people have represented, experienced, and consumed their world, Virginia Scharff and her coauthors explore interactions between gender and environment in history. Ranging from colonial borderlands to transnational boundaries, from mountaintop to marketplace, they focus on historical representations of humans and nature, on questions about consumption, on environmental politics, and on the complex reciprocal relations among human bodies and changing landscapes. They also challenge the “ecofeminist” position by challenging the notion that men and women are essentially different creatures with biologically different destinies. "
A Biography of America( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 26-part series of half-hour programs explores the human side of American history and encourages critical thinking about the forces that shaped America. Using photos, film footage, and documents, host historians lecture in a first-person narrative to describe a collective life story and history of American people and their every-day events
Present tense : the United States since 1945 by Michael Schaller( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the United States since 1945. It presents a balanced treatment of domestic politics, foreign policy and social and cultural history. Themes include the relationship between foreign and domestic policy and the origins and impact of the Cold War. Ancillary package available on adoption
Some went West by Dorothy M Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the lives and varied experiences of some of the many women who traveled across the American West, including Cynthia Ann Parker, Mary Richardson Walker, Harriet Sanders, Maria Virginia Slade, and Elizabeth Custer
Coming of age : America in the twentieth century by Michael Schaller( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This] is a balanced and thorough treatment of domestic politics, foreign policy, and social and cultural history that illuminates United States history from Reconstruction to the present. [It] is informed throughout by a post-Cold War perspective that emphasizes continuities between the Cold War era and the present.-Back cover
A vital progressivism( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 19 of the series that explores the human side of American history. Professor Martin offers a fresh perspective on Progressivism, arguing that its spirit can be best seen in the daily struggle of ordinary people. In a discussion with professors Scharff and Miller, the struggles of Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans are placed in the context of the traditional white Progressive movement. -- Part 20 of the series that explores the human side of American history. The Roaring Twenties take to the road in Henry Ford's landscape-altering invention, the Model T. Ford's moving assembly line, the emergence of a consumer culture, and the culmination of forces let loose by these entities in Los Angeles are all explored by Professor Miller
The Lady takes the wheel : Arizona women on the road( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reinventing the wheel : American women and the automobile in the early car culture by Virginia Scharff( )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the interplay between gender ideology, women's actions, and automotive technology in the United States from the beginning of the automotive era through the 1920's. Looking at cultural ideology as a strong yet fragmented and malleable historical force, I have analyzed the effect of popular conceptions of masculinity and femininity on the design, marketing, and use of automobiles. At the same time, I have attempted to show how motorcars, often employed as vehicles of social ideals, promoted some reinterpretation of men's and women's proper roles and places. The auto indeed served as a focus for discourse about the contingent relation between social and political emancipation. While some observers expected the automobile to liberate women from domesticity and subordination, others insisted on the congruence between automobility and domestic life. Though some women would use cars as tools of social or political nonconformity, the auto ultimately transformed and extended women's spatial and temporal province, while preserving the home as the ideal hub of women's activities. Still, the car culture revision of gender ideology had profound consequences for the way the private family car would emerge as a primary transportation mode, facilitating new manners and morals, new commercial and political possibilities, and a revolution in urban development
South Pass since 1812 : woman suffrage and the expansion of the Western adventure by Virginia Scharff( )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fifties : from war to normalcy( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The sixties : Vietnam and civil rights( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The West by Ken Burns( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Follows the progress of railroads and ranchers, rabble-rousers and racists in the development of the American West. Native Americans are displaced from their homelands; feminists gain a foothold in their fight for the right to vote, while farmers organize and the Populist Party appears on the American political landscape
Sex/machine : readings in culture, gender, and technology( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The women Jefferson loved
Alternative Names

controlled identitySwift, Virginia

Scharff, Virginia J. 1953-

Scharff, Virginia Joy.

Scharff, Virginia Joy 1953-

Swift, Virginia.

Swift, Virginia 1953-

English (81)

The women Jefferson lovedTwenty thousand roads : women, movement, and the WestHome lands : how women made the WestSeeing nature through genderPresent tense : the United States since 1945Some went WestComing of age : America in the twentieth centurySex/machine : readings in culture, gender, and technology