Date of Award
Master of Arts
Over one hundred years ago Joseph Martin, describing Louisa County, wrote, "This county has been the scene of no important historical incident." This may well be true. Incidents, however, are not the only factors to be taken into consideration in determining the relative historical importance of a people or locality. A historical incident is usually the culminative crisis of a series of formative experience in the lives of the members of a community. "Important historical incidents" may come to a climax at a given time and place, as in a military or parliamentary conflict, but their roots are to be sought in other places and at other times.
Rangel, Rudolph Stone, "County government in colonial Louisa County, Virginia" (1962). Master's Theses. 1033.