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Archive for 2000

Race: Does it Exist?
December 30th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

In 1998, a group of American anthropologists garnered attention by questioning the meaning of “race.” These scholars, from a discipline that long supported the concept of race, announced they no longer believed that humans could be categorized into clearly distinct biological groups. Their statement echoed a sentiment increasingly expressed by academics in a variety of […]

Ten Thousand Virginia Winters
December 23rd, 2000 - (0 Comments)

As the air turns frigid, we offer the perfect reason to sit by the fire. Our tales of winters past in the Old Dominion may make you wonder whether it is, indeed, cold outside. Virginians of old witnessed a frozen Chesapeake Bay, snow in June and blizzards with 10-foot drifts. Anthropologist Jim Jordan (Longwood University) describes the […]

Mountain Ballads
December 16th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

They followed a circuitous route in their 150-year travels from places with such names as Dumfries and Ayr to other locales called Donegal and Tyrone. Finally, they settled in a territory with names vaguely reminiscent of their homeland, names like Buchanan and Fincastle. They were the Scots-Irish of the 1600 and 1700s. People who made […]

A Shellfish Smorgasbord
December 9th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

A survivor for more than 350 million years, the horseshoe crab now faces an uncertain future. Commercial fishing is reducing the pre-historic creature’s numbers. But also contributing to the decline is the crab’s usefulness to science. Since the 1970s, horseshoe crabs have been caughtand bled to obtain a clotting agent used to detect dangerous toxins […]

The History of Fat
December 2nd, 2000 - (0 Comments)

We are a culture obsessed with weight, barraged with messages to thin down and images of the fit and trim. But fat did not always mean flawed. The painful bustles and corsets of 19th century gowns were designed to stress ample bosoms and bottoms. Women were supposed to be voluptuous. And those who weren’t – like American suffragette […]

Crime and Punishment: Novel Approaches
November 18th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

Under the governorship of George Allen from 1994-1998, Virginians saw the abolition of parole, the tightening of sentences and construction of additional prisons. In recent years, residents of the Old Dominion have also seen a reduction in crime. Are the changes of the Allen era and the reduction in crime related? Some, like economist Carl Moody […]

100 Years of Separate and Unequal
November 11th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

With Reconstruction Virginia’s leaders committed themselves to publicly fund education for blacks and whites. But they made it clear that the two races wouldn’t be educated together. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted the notion of segregated schools as long as facilities were equal. It quickly became apparent, however, there would be few, if […]

Culture Wars: The History of Franco-American Accord and Discord
November 4th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

We think they’re odd because they like Jerry Lewis and Mickey Rourke; they blame us for spreading McDonalds and Disney everywhere we go. These views are only the most recent of the longstanding criticisms Americans and French have offered of each other’s cultures. Government professor Jim Ceaser (University Virginia), author of Reconstructing America: The Symbol of America […]

Stone Carving: Restoring the Lost Art
October 28th, 2000 - (0 Comments)

Stone carving used to be considered a dying craft, but at Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas, eighth-generation carver Harold Vogel and Constantine Seferlis, who worked for a decade on the gargoyles and statuary at the Washington National Cathedral, provide inspiration and instruction in the techniques of stone carving and restoration. On a less traditional note: Environmental artist Steve Bickley (Virginia […]

The Hot Seat: The Allen-Robb Race
October 21st, 2000 - (0 Comments)

While few question which candidate will take Virginia in the Presidential race, many are wondering who will next occupy one of Virginia’s seats in the U.S. Senate. Political scientist Larry Sabato (University of Virginia) offers insight into the characters of Chuck Robb and George Allen and examines their records as governors. Also featured: What effect will the […]