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After decades of research on Middlesex County, Virginia, and careful analysis of data on over 12,000 people who lived there between the 1660s and the 1740s, Darrett and Anita Rutman published this provocative study, which challenged conventional scholarly wisdom about colonial Virginia. Historians like Edmund Morgan and T.H. Breen had characterized early Virginia as a privatized, de-institutionalized society dominated by independent plantations. The Rutmans demonstrated that in one significant p ...more