The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea: 03/27/17
The James: From Iron Gate to the Sea by Blair Niles is the fifth of the Rivers of America series. The James river runs through Virginia and right by Jamestown.
There's a lot of history to Virginia and sure, a lot of it took place on or near the river. But this series is about the rivers themselves. The best ones are a mixture of geography, geology, history, and contemporary observations.
After the excellent The Powder: Let Er Buck by Maxwell Struthers Burt, I was horribly disappointed by The James. It was nothing but rich, white men, and the author asserting why they were right to whatever they did, whether it was subjugating the native populations, owning slaves, polluting the river, you name it. If you're white, male, and rich — then it's your duty and GOD GIVEN right to do all those things and fuck everyone else.