Historical Hall of Fame: Elizabeth R. Varon (b. 1963) is an award-winning author and professor of history at the University
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Elizabeth R. Varon is an author and professor of history at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Varon is author
of We Mean to be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (1998) and Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of
Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy (2003). The latter book - which won awards from the Virginia Historical
Society; the James River Writers Festival and the Library of Virginia; the Southern Regional Council; and, the 2004 Lillian
Smith Book Award -- reflects Varonís ongoing commitment to integrating social history with political and military history.
most recent book is Disunion! The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (2008), the first volume of the Littlefield History
of the Civil War Era. The book explores how Americans, as far back as the earliest days of the Republic, agonized and strategized