The great catastrophe of my life divorce in the old dominion thomas e buckley on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers from the end of the revolution until 1851 the virginia legislature granted most divorces in the state it granted divorces rarely. The great catastrophe of my life is a superb state study that enriches enormously our understanding not only of the texture of married life and divorce among white virginians but also of their interactions with and influence upon state policy buckley has a talent for capturing legal history in local communities. Based on research in almost 500 divorce files the great catastrophe of my life involves a wide cross section of virginians their stories expose southern attitudes and practices involving a spectrum of issues from marriage and family life to gender relations interracial sex adultery desertion and domestic violence. The great catastrophe of my life divorce in the old dominion review stephen william berry journal of social history volume 39 number 1 fall 2005 pp 284 287 review for aristocrats the risks were too great that they would divorce petitions to the virginia legislature for the years 1786 to 1851. Abebookscom the great catastrophe of my life divorce in the old dominion 9780807853801 by thomas e buckley and a great selection of similar new used and collectible books available now at great prices
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