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Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth

Randall M Miller
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The Keystone State, so nicknamed because it was geographically situated in the middle of the thirteen original colonies and played a crucial role in the founding of the United States, has remained at the heart of American history. Created partly as a safe haven for people from all walks of life, Pennsylvania is today the home of diverse cultures, religions, ethnic groups, social classes, and occupations. Many ideas, institutions, and interests that were first formed or tested in Pennsylvania spread across America and beyond, and continue to inform American culture, society, and politics. This book tells that story—and more. It recenters Pennsylvania in the American historical narrative.

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth offers fresh perspectives on the Keystone State from an array of distinguished scholars who view the history of this Commonwealth critically and honestly, using the latest and best scholarship to give a modern account of Pennsylvania's past. They do so by emphasizing the evolution of Pennsylvania as a place and an idea. The book, the first comprehensive history of Pennsylvania in almost three decades, sets the Pennsylvania story in the larger context of national social, cultural, economic, and political development. Without sacrificing treatment of the influential leaders who made Pennsylvania history, the book focuses especially on the lives of everyday people over the centuries. It also magnifies historical events by examining the experiences of local communities throughout the state.

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth is divided into two parts. Part I offers a narrative history of the Commonwealth, paying special attention to the peopling process (the movement of people into, around, and out from the state); the ways people defined and defended communities; the forms of economic production; the means of transportation and communication; the character, content, and consequences of people's values; and the political cultures that emerged from the kinds of society, economy, and culture each period formed and sustained. Part II offers a series of "Ways to Pennsylvania's Past"nine concise guides designed to enable readers to discover Pennsylvania's heritage for themselves. Geography, architecture, archaeology, folklore and folklife, genealogy, photography, art, oral history, and literature are all discussed as methods of uncovering and understanding the past. Each chapter is especially attuned to Pennsylvania's place in the larger American context, and a Foreword, Introduction, and Epilogue to Part I explore general themes throughout the state's history. An important feature of the book is the large selection of illustrations—more than 400 prints, maps, photographs, and paintings carefully chosen from repositories across the state and beyond, to show how Pennsylvanians have lived, worked, and played through the centuries. This book is the result of a unique collaboration between Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Together they gathered scholars from all over the Commonwealth to envision a new history of the Keystone State and commit their resources to make imagining and writing a new history possible.

Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State

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Discover every corner of Pennsylvania, from the place where theUnited States began to the shores of Lake Erie to the first-class cityof Pittsburgh, historic Scranton, and the rural farmland,forestland, and small towns in between. Visit Pennsylvania'shistoric sites, which are also the nation's historic sites because somany important events took place here. View the birthplaceof the only US president from Pennsylvania, trees over 450 years old,the place where oil was first discovered, the peaceful Amishcountryside, historic colonial buildings, and modern metropolitancities. Through striking images and detailed captions, join the photographer on a journey of one ofthe country's most significant and diverse states.

Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania (American Legends)

By Thomas White

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2009-06-01
Paperback (128 pages)

Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania (American Legends)
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Oppaymolleah's curse. General Braddock's buried gold. The Original Man of Steel, Joe Magarac. Such legends have found a home among the rich folklore of Western Pennsylvania. Thomas White spins a beguiling yarn with tales that reach from the misty hollows of the Alleghenies to the lost islands of Pittsburgh. White invites readers to learn the truth behind the urban legend of the Green Man, speculate on the conspiracy surrounding the lost B-25 bomber of Monongahela and shiver over the ghostly lore of Western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania: What's So Great About State (Arcadia Kids)

By Kate Boehm Jerome

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2011-05-02
Paperback (48 pages)

Pennsylvania: What s So Great About State (Arcadia Kids)
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Arcadia Kids is a new series of fun, colorful, easy-to-read books for children ages 7-11 featuring attention-grabbing cover art, inviting conversational style content, and vivid full-color images of landmarks and geography. Parents, grandparents, and savvy shoppers will appreciate the feel good factor of purchasing books that are both fun AND educational.DO YOU KNOW… WHY Pennsylvania is known as the birthplace of the nation? (Hint: It has to do with ideas and ink!) WHAT famous place in Pennsylvania has more than 1,400 monuments and markers? (Hint: It honors both "sides.") Find these answers and more in the Pennsylvania edition of What's So Great About This State? TM

Pennsylvania: A Military History (Westholme State Military History Series)

By William A. Pencak & Barbara B. Gannon

Westholme Publishing
Hardcover (303 pages)

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Founded in 1682 by a society that had no military, eschewed violence as a means of solving conflicts, and tolerated a wide variety of religions, Pennsylvania began as a “peaceable kingdom”—but war was essential to both Pennsylvania’s founding and its history. Pennsylvania was the site of some of the most important military events in American history, including the destruction of the Braddock Expedition, the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, Valley Forge, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the Battle of Gettysburg. Pennsylvania was also a leader in America’s modern wars, with the Pennsylvania-based 28th Infantry Division serving with distinction in both world wars as well as in Iraq, and the state’s industry, particularly steel production and ship building, being essential to the natinal effort. Complete with a list of historical sites and a comprehensive bibliography, Pennsylvania: A Military History is an important reference for those interested in the role of the Keystone State in our nation’s wars.

Westholme State Military History Series
Each state in the United States of America has a unique military history. The volumes in this series seek to provide a portrait of the richness of each state’s military experience, primarily defined by its borders, as well as the important contributions the state has made to the nation’s military history. Written by historians for the general reader, the volumes trace the history of conflict from the original native populations to today. The volumes are well illustrated and include specially commissioned maps, extensive bibliographies, lists of national and state historical sites, and a detailed index.

Pennsylvania Histories: Two Hundred Years of Personalities and Events, 1750–1950

By Sheldon Spear

Lehigh University Press
Paperback (188 pages)

Pennsylvania Histories: Two Hundred Years of Personalities and Events, 1750–1950
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This book offers a consciously eclectic approach to the rich history of Pennsylvania in the period from 1740 to 1950. Combining original research with syntheses of relevant work by other historians, Pennsylvania Histories seeks to appeal to both professional historians and general readers by presenting a range of significant individuals, groups, and events that are likely to be less familiar to audiences interested in the history of Pennsylvania. The Moravians, for example, emerge as a denomination whose involvement in proselytization activities sets them apart from the quietism of the Amish and other well-known sects. Although the book concentrates on Pennsylvania, the subject matter is also germane to wider issues in the areas of economics, race and ethnicity, religion, and gender studies. Among the many topics discussed, Pennsylvania Histories considers the French and British refugees who settled near the Susquehanna River during the late eighteenth century, the burning of the town of Chambersburg by Confederate raiders in 1864, and the semi-public executions in Pennsylvania towns that persisted into the early twentieth century.

A History of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment: From the Camp, the Battlefield and the Prison Pen, 1861-1865 (Civil War Series)

By J. Stuart Richards

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2006-05-30
Paperback (224 pages)

A History of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment: From the Camp, the Battlefield and the Prison Pen, 1861-1865 (Civil War Series)
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Hailing from Schuylkill County, the brave men of Company C participated in battles throughout the Union and the Confederacy, spent time in the prison at Andersonville and produced two Medal of Honor recipients. Author and Civil War historian John Richards has compiled a unique history of Company C, told through personal letters, surviving narratives and official reports of the men during their service.

Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: A Visual History of Pennsylvania’s Railroad Lumbering Communities; The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke (Keystone Books)

By Ronald E. Ostman

Penn State University Press
Hardcover (252 pages)

Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: A Visual History of Pennsylvania’s Railroad Lumbering Communities; The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke (Keystone Books)
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In Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers, Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell draw on the stunning documentary photography of William T. Clarke to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s lumber heyday, a time when loggers serving the needs of a rapidly growing and globalizing country forever altered the dense forests of the state’s northern tier.

Discovered in a shed in upstate New York and a barn in Pennsylvania after decades of obscurity, Clarke’s photographs offer an unprecedented view of the logging, lumbering, and wood industries during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They show the great forests in the process of coming down and the trains that hauled away the felled trees and trimmed logs. And they show the workers—cruisers, jobbers, skidders, teamsters, carpenters, swampers, wood hicks, and bark peelers—their camps and workplaces, their families, their communities. The work was demanding and dangerous; the work sites and housing were unsanitary and unsavory. The changes the newly industrialized logging business wrought were immensely important to the nation’s growth at the same time that they were fantastically—and tragically—transformative of the landscape.

An extraordinary look at a little-known photographer’s work and the people and industry he documented, this book reveals, in sharp detail, the history of the third phase of lumber in America.

A History of Pennsylvania

By Philip S. Klein

Philip S Klein
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A History of Pennsylvania
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Acclaimed as the standard history of the Keystone State, this book has been updated to cover the 1978 gubernatorial election as well as other developments—political, economic, social, and cultural—during the six years since publication of the original edition. Dozens of new illustrations have been added throughout the book, and both the text and the chapter-end bibliographies take account of significant recent scholarship.

A Pioneer Outline History of Northwestern Pennsylvania: Embracing the Counties of Tioga, Potter, McKean, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Forest, Clarion. Lawrence, and Mercer (Classic Reprint)

By W. J. McKnight

Forgotten Books
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A Pioneer Outline History of Northwestern Pennsylvania: Embracing the Counties of Tioga, Potter, McKean, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Forest, Clarion. Lawrence, and Mercer (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from A Pioneer Outline History of Northwestern Pennsylvania: Embracing the Counties of Tioga, Potter, McKean, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Elk, Jefferson, Cameron, Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer

To write a pioneer history years and years after all the fathers and mothers have gone to that country from whose bourn no traveller returns is a task to appall the most courageous. To say it mildly, it is a task requiring a vast amount of labor and research, untiring perseverance, great patience, and discrimination. III undertaking this task I realized its magnitude, and all through the work I have determined that, if labor, patience, and perse verance would overcome error and false traditions and establish the truth, the object of this book would be fully attained. This book is not written for gain, nor to laud or puff either the dead or the living. It is designed to be a plain, truthful narrative of pioneer men and events in the northwest.

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