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West Virginia History



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West Virginia: A History

By Otis K. Rice

University Press of Kentucky
Hardcover (360 pages)

West Virginia: A History
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" An essential resource for scholars, students, and all lovers of the Mountaineer State. From bloody skirmishes with Indians on the early frontier to the Logan County mine war, the story of West Virginia is punctuated with episodes as colorful and rugged as the mountains that dominate its landscape. In this first modern comprehensive history, Otis Rice and Stephen Brown balance these episodes of mountaineer individualism against the complexities of industrial development and the growth of social institutions, analyzing the events and personalities that have shaped the state. To create this history, the authors weave together many strands from the past and present. Included among these are geological and geographical features; the prehistoric inhabitants; exploration and settlement; relations with the Indians; the land systems and patterns of ownership; the Civil War and the formation of the state from the western counties of Virginia; the legacy of Reconstruction; politics and government; industrial development; labor problems and advances; and cultural aspects such as folkways, education, religion, and national and ethnic influences. For this second edition, the authors have added a new chapter, bringing the original material up to date and carrying the West Virginia story through the presidential election of 1992. Otis K. Rice is professor emeritus of history and Stephen W. Brown is professor of history at West Virginia Institute of Technology.

Historic Photos of West Virginia

By Gerald Swick

Brand: Turner
Hardcover (216 pages)

Historic Photos of West Virginia
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West Virginia is a state of overwhelming beauty. Shared traditions, shared tragedies, and shared histories bind its people to the land and each other with a strong sense of place, family, and home. In striking black-and-white photos culled from state and national archives, accompanied by text from an award-winning writer, Historic Photos of West Virginia captures the history of this remarkable state. Even readers unfamiliar with its history will find a compelling drama in its tumultuous birth in the Civil War, its growth as a center for extraction industries and manufacturing, its role as a new homeland for immigrants, and its history as the birthplace of Mother’s Day and of heroes like Charles “Chuck” Yeager. The triumphs of natives like Nobel Prize–winning author Pearl S. Buck and tragedies like the Monongah mine disaster—all are depicted here as part of the complex, compelling story of the Mountain State and its people.

WEST VIRGINIA: A HISTORY

By John A. Williams

Brand: West Virginia University Press
Paperback (239 pages)

WEST VIRGINIA: A HISTORY
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John Alexander Williams's West Virginia: A History is widely considered one of the finest books ever written about our state. In his clear, eminently readable style, Williams organizes the tangled strands of West Virginia's past around a few dramatic events-the battle of Point Pleasant, John Brown's insurrection in Harper's Ferry, the Paint Creek labor movement, the Hawk's Nest and Buffalo Creek disasters, and more. Williams uses these pivotal events as introductions to the larger issues of statehood, Civil War, unionism, and industrialization. Along the way, Williams conveys a true feel for the lives of common West Virginians, the personalities of the state's memorable characters, and the powerful influence of the land itself on its own history.

West Virginia Histories: Unique People, Unusual Events, and the Occasional Ghost (Volume 1)

By Gerald D. Swick

Grave Distractions Publications
Paperback (354 pages)

West Virginia Histories: Unique People, Unusual Events, and the Occasional Ghost (Volume 1)
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"Historical human interest stories."That's how a reader described Gerald D. Swick's column of West Virginia history, "Once, Long Ago," which appeared each Sunday in the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram for over 16 years. His unique combination of historical research, skillful narrative, a bit of editorializing, a handful of humor, and a pinch of snark led one fan to tell him, "When I read your column I feel like you are sitting in my living room telling me a story." The columns received a Press Association Lifestyles Writing award for excellence in journalism and contributed to the West Virginia Humanities Council awarding Gerald a Literary Fellowship in Nonfiction Writing.

The West Virginia Histories series collects the best of those columns, divided into categories such as Animals, Crime, Civil War, Education, etc. Volume 1 presents samples from each category that will be featured in future volumes. The stories come not just from large communities like Bluefield, Charleston, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling and so on, but from Spencer, Volcano, Wellsburg and other small towns. Gerald decided from the beginning that the columns would be about more than just "dead white guys," and stories of the state's women and its diverse ethnic groups get their due. Occasionally, especially at Halloween, he set aside the history books to examine Appalachian folklore, from cures for warts to tales of a headless ghost. Additionally, the 100 stories presented in Volume 1 include some never-before-published articles.

If you like a little humor with your history, some fun while learning facts, then open these pages and invite Gerald Swick into your living room to tell you some stories.

West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free (Civil War Series)

By Mark A. Snell

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2011-08-05
Paperback (256 pages)

West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free (Civil War Series)
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The only state born as a result of the Civil War, West Virginia was the most divided state in the nation. About forty thousand of its residents served in the combatant forces about twenty thousand on each side. The Mountain State also saw its fair share of battles, skirmishes, raids and guerrilla warfare, with places like Harpers Ferry, Philippi and Rich Mountain becoming household names in 1861. When the Commonwealth of Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861, leaders primarily from the northwestern region of the state began the political process that eventually led to the creation of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. Renowned Civil War historian Mark A. Snell has written the first thorough history of these West Virginians and their civil war in more than fifty years.

It Happened in West Virginia (It Happened In Series)

By Rick Steelhammer

Globe Pequot Press
Paperback (176 pages)

It Happened in West Virginia (It Happened In Series)
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It Happened in West Virginia takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Mountain State's storied past.  Including both famous tales, and famous names--and little-known heroes, heroines, and happenings.

West Virginia Histories: Days of Slavery, Civil War and Aftermath, Statehood and Beyond (Volume 2)

By Gerald D. Swick

Grave Distractions Publications
Paperback (352 pages)

West Virginia Histories: Days of Slavery, Civil War and Aftermath, Statehood and Beyond (Volume 2)
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The State of West Virginia was born by cesarean section, its survival chances precarious, its legitimacy in question. The last slaveholding state admitted to the Union, it is the only state that owes its existence to America’s Civil War. In Virginia’s counties west of the Shenandoah Valley grievances against the Richmond government had long threatened to rend the state in two, and when Virginia decided to secede from the Union the fissure opened. A convention of Westerners voted to break away and seek independent statehood for their section, a dangerous and potentially unconstitutional path. The 100 articles that comprise Volume 2 of the West Virginia Histories series explore: • Aspects of slavery in Virginia’s western mountains and its role in East-West tensions • Civil War battles, raids and other stories, including history’s first military raid on an oil field • The region’s tumultuous road to becoming the 35th state of the Union. Most of the articles originally appeared as a weekly column, “Once, Long Ago,” published in the Sunday Clarksburg Exponent Telegram between 1998 and 2014. Others were written expressly for this collection, including an updating of one authored for the June 2011 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. Gerald D. Swick is the author of Historic Photos of West Virginia. He has written for the West Virginia Encyclopedia, America’s Civil War, American History, and other publications. His work has been recognized with a literary fellowship in nonfiction writing, and his “Once, Long Ago” column, with its unique voice and conversational style, received an Associated Press Lifestyles Writing award for excellence in journalism.

Early Native Americans in West Virginia: The Fort Ancient Culture (American Heritage)

By Darla Spencer

The History Press
Released: 2016-10-31
Kindle Edition (163 pages)

Early Native Americans in West Virginia: The Fort Ancient Culture (American Heritage)
 
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Once thought of as Indian hunting grounds with no permanent inhabitants, West Virginia is teeming with evidence of a thriving early native population. Today's farmers can hardly plow their fields without uncovering ancient artifacts, evidence of at least ten thousand years of occupation. Members of the Fort Ancient culture resided along the rich bottomlands of southern West Virginia during the Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric periods. Lost to time and rediscovered in the 1880s, Fort Ancient sites dot the West Virginia landscape. This volume explores sixteen of these sites, including Buffalo, Logan and Orchard. Archaeologist Darla Spencer excavates the fascinating lives of some of the Mountain State's earliest inhabitants in search of who these people were, what languages they spoke and who their descendants may be.

HISTORICAL ATLAS OF WEST VIRGINIA (West Virginia and Appalachia)

By FRANK S. RIDDEL

Brand: West Virginia University Press
Hardcover (256 pages)

HISTORICAL ATLAS OF WEST VIRGINIA (West Virginia and Appalachia)
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Few reference works are as valuable to both scholars and non-scholars as a historical atlas. Therefore, The Historical Atlas of West Virginia will be an important title for libraries, schools, and every West Virginian who wants to understand how historical forces are mapped onto the state’s terrain. This atlas also shows how the distribution of natural resources intersects with various means of distribution. Frank Riddel’s The Historical Atlas of West Virginia is copiously illustrated with maps, tables, and charts depicting everything from geological deposits and strata that have fed the state’s industries to the settlement patterns of the immigrants who settled in West Virginia. Using federal and state statistics, it also includes revelations from the national census figures since 1790.

The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll

By Candace Nelson

West Virginia University Press
Paperback (224 pages)

The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll
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The pepperoni roll, a soft bread roll with pepperoni baked in the middle, originated in the coal mining areas of north central West Virginia when Italian immigrants invented a food that could be eaten easily underground.
This spicy snack soon found its way out of the mines and into bakeries, bread companies, restaurants, and event venues around the state, often with additional ingredients like cheese, red sauce, or peppers.

As the pepperoni roll’s reputation moves beyond the borders of West Virginia, this food continues to embody the culinary culture of its home state. It is now found at the center of bake-offs, eating contests, festivals, as a gourmet item on local menus, and even on a bill in the state’s legislature.

The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll is a comprehensive history of the unofficial state food of West Virginia. With over 100 photographs and countless recipes and recollections, it tells the story of the immigrants, business owners, laborers, and citizens who have developed and devoured this simple yet practical food since its invention.
 


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