Peter Wallenstein's Homepage



Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement: White Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College CampusesGainesville: University Press of Florida, Jan, 2008. Edited essays, mostly by senior scholars.


Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia HistoryLawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007. xvii + 476 pages; 84 illustrations.


Virginia’s Civil War. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005. xii + 303 pages. Original essays, mostly by junior scholars, co-edited with Bertram Wyatt-Brown.


Blue Laws and Black Codes: Conflict, Courts, and Change in Twentieth-Century Virginia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2004. Cloth and paper; xiv + 270 pages. 


From VPI to State University: President T. Marshall Hahn Jr. and the Transformation of Virginia Tech, 1962–1974. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2004. xx + 444 pages; 32 illustrations. Co-authored with Warren H. Strother.


Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law—An American History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan/ St. Martin’s Press, 2002. xii + 305 pages. Paperback edition (slightly revised) 2004.





"The Meaning of Jamestown." Published in the on-line version of the Guardian (United Kingdom), May 4, 2007.

"Longtime Virginia Professor - Prisoner of Conscience to Receive Award in Absentia." Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 29, 2007. Dr. Yacob Hailemariam -retired from Norfolk State University; a political prisoner in his native Ethiopia - was about to receive a Distinguished Career Award from the Virginia Social Science Association.

"Interracial or Same-Sex: Marriage - in Historical Perspective." Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 5, 2006. In the run-up to a vote on Virginia's so-called Marriage Amendment, the paper was publishing two opinion pieces, one pro and one con, and invited me, as I was told, to add a companion piece, "Dr. Wallenstein supplies a history lesson."

"Discussion Misses Higher Education Dimension." Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 16, 2004. Comment on Brown v. Board of Education's 50th anniversary.