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Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth

Penn State University Press
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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 a distinguished array of 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.

The Pennsylvania Colony (True Books: American History (Paperback))

By Kevin Cunningham

Scholastic
Paperback (48 pages)

The Pennsylvania Colony (True Books: American History (Paperback))
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A history of the Pennsylvania colony, from the first Indian inhabitants to the influence of William Penn, the arrival of thousands of German immigrants and the battles of the American Revolution.

Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State

imusti
Hardcover (112 pages)

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.

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

By Matt Lake

Brand: Sterling
Paperback (272 pages)

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

The history of Pennsylvania from its earliest settlement to the present time

By William Henry Carpenter 1813-1899. [from old catalog] Arthur T. S. (Timothy Shay) 1809-1885 joint author

Library of Congress
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format. Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship.

Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania; VOLUME 3

By John Woolf Jordan

Released: 2013-08-29
Kindle Edition

Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania; VOLUME 3
 
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Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania. Volume 3. 868 Pages.

Pennsylvania's Participation in the World War, 1917-1918

By Pennsylvania War History Commission

Leopold Classic Library
Released: 2017-04-18
Paperback (30 pages)

Pennsylvania s Participation in the World War, 1917-1918
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Leopold is delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. This means that we have checked every single page in every title, making it highly unlikely that any material imperfections – such as poor picture quality, blurred or missing text - remain. When our staff observed such imperfections in the original work, these have either been repaired, or the title has been excluded from the Leopold Classic Library catalogue. As part of our on-going commitment to delivering value to the reader, within the book we have also provided you with a link to a website, where you may download a digital version of this work for free. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic work, and that for you it becomes an enriching experience. If you would like to learn more about the Leopold Classic Library collection please visit our website at www.leopoldclassiclibrary.com

History of the Pennsylvania Railroad

By Timothy Jacobs

Crescent
Released: 1988-05-12
Hardcover (128 pages)

History of the Pennsylvania Railroad
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Comprising over 10,000 miles of operated track at its height, the Pennsy was the largest railroad in the world for much of its 121-year lifespan, absorbing more than 600 other railroads as it grew. It hauled more freight & passengers than any other railroad in the world. With the construction of the palace-like Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan just after the turn of the century, it must have seemed that the Pennsylvania Railroad would last forever. Sadly, it fell prey to the problems facing so many railroads in the post-war years. But the memory of this great institution will linger for many years to come. This lavishly illustrated book tells its story.

Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier

By James H. Merrell

Merrell, James H.
Brown Paperback (464 pages)

Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier
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"A stunning achievement. . . . A pathbreaking scholarly work by one of the nation's leading historians of the interaction between Native Americans and European newcomers in early America."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

James Merrell's brilliant book is an account of the "go-betweens," the Europeans and Indians who moved between cultures on the Pennsylvania frontier in efforts to maintain the peace. It is also a reflection on the meanings of wilderness to the colonists and natives of the New World. From the Quaker colony's founding in the 1680s into the 1750s, Merrell shows us how the go-betweens survived in the woods, dealing with problems of food, travel, lodging, and safety, and how they sought to bridge the vast cultural gaps between the Europeans and the Indians. The futility of these efforts became clear in the sickening plummet into war after 1750. "A stunningly original and exceedingly well-written account of diplomacy on the edge of the Pennsylvania wilderness."--Publishers Weekly Illustrations and maps

Pennsylvania Ghost Towns: Uncovering the Hidden Past

By Susan Hutchison Tassin

Brand: Stackpole Books
Released: 2007-08-10
Paperback (160 pages)

Pennsylvania Ghost Towns: Uncovering the Hidden Past
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Cemeteries, abandoned buildings, and roads to nowhere are all that remain of several once-thriving towns in Pennsylvania. This guidebook profiles 46 locations that have been abandoned or left to ruin, and some that have seen new life as historic sites, with discussions on their history, daily life, fall, and current condition.


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