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Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth

Penn State University Press
Released: 2002-10-22
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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.

Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania (American Legends)

By Thomas White

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

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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: 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.

The Planting of Civilization in Western Pennsylvania (The Library of Western Pennsylvania History)

By Solon J. Buck

Brand: University of Pittsburgh Press
Paperback (616 pages)

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A definitive account of nearly every aspect of Western Pennsylvanian life and development up until the War of 1812. The book opens with a narrative of the formative years of the region. Succeeding chapters deal with the development of agriculture, industry, education, religion, social customs, and law and order --all based upon the results of the work of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Survey.

Among the more than one hundred illustrations are contemporary pictures, maps, plans of forts, portraits, architectural photographs and more.

Weird Pennsylvania: Your Travel Guide to Pennsylvania's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

By Matt Lake

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Praise for Weird Pennsylvania:

 

“Fun, amazing, and arrestingly illustrated.”  —Booklist

 

“…a real fine read and can serve as a travel guide for a trek among the unusual, odd and scary parts of our “weird” state.”  —Pennsylvania Magazine

A History of the Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania

By George P. Donehoo

Papamoa Press
Released: 2019-01-13
Kindle Edition (788 pages)

A History of the Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania
 
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No state in the entire Nation is richer in Indian names, or in fact, in Indian history than Pennsylvania. These Indian names of Pennsylvania are full of music, but, of far greater importance, they are full of history. A History of the Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania, which was first published in 1928, is the only major book of the 20th century that traces Pennsylvania’s Indian place and names for their correct form, origin and history. Its pages are filled with the most incredible collection of information ever assembled on the Indian villages of Pennsylvania and their Indian place names and is an Indian history scholar’s delight.

In preparing his book, Dr. Donehoo researched every available source of printed material about Indian place names in Pennsylvania. He also walked nearly every Indian trail, from the Delaware to the Ohio, using early trader’s journals and maps as his guide, to seek out the places the Indians lived. Each Indian name comes complete with historical notes by the author. The book includes a list of all the sources used to authenticate each Indian place name. An excellent bibliography follows at the conclusion of the work along with appendixes listing: the Indian villages of New York destroyed by General Sullivan’s army in 1779, prehistoric works in Pennsylvania by county, and an alphabetical listing of all Indian named places in each county.

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

By Sheldon Spear

Lehigh University Press
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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.

The Natural History of Pennsylvania

By Stan Freeman

Hampshire House Publishing
Paperback (112 pages)

The Natural History of Pennsylvania
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"The Natural History of Pennsylvania" is a unique, comprehensive guide to the nature of Pennsylvania. There are more than 400 full-color photographs, maps and illustrations covering everything from bears and beavers to snakes and spiders to weather and wildflowers. Learn about the state's geology, its endangered species and its rivers and mountains. Find out how it was shaped by the ice age and the movement of the continents. Learn about the first human residents. There are identification charts and photos for common birds, butterflies, trees and wildflowers. And there’s a month-by-month calendar showing when events in nature happen in Pennsylvania.

Here are some reviews for other books in this series

Reviews for "The Natural History of New York."

"A treasure chest of information … forward-looking parents ought to put it on their must-get list … easy-to-understand charts and tables and concise prose." – The Staten Island Advance

"Informative graphics, maps and charts load the pages … easy to read and visually appealing … a smart addition to classrooms and homes alike" – The Albany Times Union

Reviews for "The Natural History of Western Massachusetts"

"I finally came across the book I'd been imagining, lo these many years … easy to read and understand, for us slower kids in the class." – Tony Mateus, thepioneervalley.blogspot.com

"Filled with color photos on just about every page … enjoyable to read and education … presented in a style that's accessible to your readers." – The Daily Hampshire Gazette

Reviews for "The Natural History of Eastern Massachusetts."

"If you buy a copy for your kids, you'll have a hard time putting it down yourself." – The Quincy Patriot Ledger

"Chock full of gorgeous photographs … it's also lots of fun." – The North Andover Citizen

"A fascinating, richly illustrated guide … a delight for naturalists of all ages." – The New England Wild Flower Society online book guide

A History of Pennsylvania

By Philip S. Klein

Penn State University Press
Released: 1998-12-14
Cream Paperback (648 pages)

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.

History of an Allegheny River Town: Freeport, Pennsylvania

By Steven Gardner

lulu.com
Released: 2019-04-11
Paperback (580 pages)

History of an Allegheny River Town: Freeport, Pennsylvania
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This book is a comprehensive overview of the settlement of western Pennsylvania, with a focus on the evolution of the Borough of Freeport from its founding in 1797 to today. Included is a brief summary of the influences of the Native American Indians, founders William and David Todd, transportation including the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal and the Railroad systems, business and industry development from early settlement to current services, distilleries, newspapers, churches and much more.


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