RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 47050181 LA English T1 Ladies and gentlemen on display : planter society at the Virginia springs, 1790-1860 A1 Lewis, Charlene M. Boyer,, PB University Press of Virginia PP Charlottesville YR 2001 SN 0813920795 9780813920795 0813920809 9780813920801 AB Each summer between 1790 and 1860, hundreds and eventually thousands of southern men and women left the diseases and boredom of their plantation homes and journeyed to the healthful and entertaining Virginia Springs. At the springs, visitors, as well as their slaves, interacted with one another and engaged in behavior quite different from the picture presented by most historians. In this book, Charlene Boyer Lewis argues that the Virginia Springs provided a theater of sorts, where contests for power between men and women, fashionables and evangelicals, blacks and whites, old and young, and even northerners and southerners played out away from the traditional roles of the plantation. In their pursuit of health and pleasure, white southerners created a truly regional community at the springs. At this edge of the South, elite southern society shaped itself, defining what it meant to be a "Southerner" and redefining social roles and relations.