Regional History

Appalachia A History

Appalachia A History

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Interweaving social, political, environmental, economic, and popular history, John Alexander Williams chronicles four and a half centuries of the Appalachian past. Along the way, he explores Appalachia's long-contested boundaries and the numerous, often contradictory images that have shaped perceptions of the region as both the essence of America and a place apart.

Williams begins his story in the colonial era and describes the half-century of bloody warfare as migrants from Europe and their American-born offspring fought and eventually displaced Appalachia's Native American inhabitants. He depicts the evolution of a backwoods farm-and-forest society, its divided and unhappy fate during the Civil War, and the emergence of a new industrial order as railroads, towns, and extractive industries penetrated deeper and deeper into the mountains. Finally, he considers Appalachia's fate in the twentieth century, when it became the first American region to suffer widespread deindustrialization, and examines the partial renewal created by federal intervention and a small but significant wave of in-migration.

Throughout the book, a wide range of Appalachian voices enlivens the analysis and reminds us of the importance of storytelling in the ways the people of Appalachia define themselves and their region.





Culinary History of West Virginia : From Ramps to Pepperoni Rolls

Culinary History of West Virginia : From Ramps to Pepperoni Rolls

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The Mountain State's irregular borders and rugged geography are home to a fascinating mix of cultures, landscapes and foods. West Virginia's culinary history is rooted among the native fauna and flora that early residents hunted and foraged, and the taste
Early Native Americans in West Virginia

Early Native Americans in West Virginia

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Follow Archaeologist Darla Spencer as she discovers the history and habits of 16 Native American sites in West Virginia.


Once thought of as Indian hunting grounds with no permanent inhabitants, West Virginia is teeming with evidence of

Foxfire 10

Foxfire 10

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Chock full of the wit and wisdom that has become the Foxfire trademark, this entirely new volume in the acclaimed, 6-million-copy best-selling "Foxfire" series is on oral history of Appalachian lives and traditions, homespun crafts, and folk arts.
Foxfire 2

Foxfire 2

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First published in 1972, The Foxfire Book was a surprise bestseller that brought Appalachia's philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers. Whether you wanted to hunt game, bake the old-fashioned way, or learn the art of successful moonshining, The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center had a contact who could teach you how with clear, step-by-step instructions.

This second Foxfire volume includes topics such as ghost stories, spinning and weaving, wagon making, midwifing, corn shuckin', and more.

Images of America African Americans of Jefferson County

Images of America African Americans of Jefferson County

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Jefferson County can proudly claim a large number of firsts when it comes to African Americans in national history. The raid to free slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil War was led by abolitionist John Brown in Harpers Ferry. The first man wounded in the rebellion was Heyward Shepherd, a free African American and a Jefferson County resident. Pres. Abraham Lincoln appointed Jefferson County native Martin Robison Delany as the first African American field officer of the Civil War. In 1906, the Niagara Movement, forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), held its first meeting on American soil on the Storer College campus. The first woman to become the coach of a menÂ’s college basketball team was also an African American from Jefferson County. Additionally, the Colored Horse Show held in Charles Town was the first of its kind for African Americans.
John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied

John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied

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John Brown to James Brown delves into a distinctively American saga as it unfolds on one small piece of farm property in rural Western Maryland. Commonly known as John Brown's Farm because of the role it played in John Brown's raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, this site was a music mecca to many young African Americans during the 50s and 60s. The little-known story of the music scene at Kennedy Farm where many giants of rhythm and blues performed during their early years --including James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, the Drifters, and scores of others. These stories, intertwined with those of a gifted promoter and thousands of young people who experienced early R&B music at John Brown's Farm, bring to life an ideal that heralded in America's founding documents and still beats in the heart of mankind today---liberty! Hardback 295 pages
NAS FG to the Mid-Atlantic States NY, PA, NJ, MD, DE, WV &

NAS FG to the Mid-Atlantic States NY, PA, NJ, MD, DE, WV &

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For every resident of and visitor to the Mid-Atlantic states, this uniquely compact yet comprehensive volume is the essential guide to the Mid-Atlantic region's natural world. Whether you're at home or on the road, the "National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States" tells you: what you'll see in the night sky over the Mid-Atlantic regionthe wildflowers that flourish in different Mid-Atlantic habitatsthe birds you'll encounter in the mountains, at the shore, and everywhere in between the region's best natural sites--how to reach them, when to visit, and what you'll see.

Here, too, is complete information on the geology, fossils, wildlife habitats, weather, and ecology of the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as the region's trees, mushrooms, mammals, insects, reptiles, fishes, and other life-forms -- all beautifully illustrated in 1,500 photographs, drawings, and maps.

Very Washington DC A Celebration of the History and Culture of America's Capital City

Very Washington DC A Celebration of the History and Culture of America's Capital City

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A travel guide with character, this fact-filled keepsake offers all the history, beauty, charm, and culture of our nation's capital city. In eye-catching watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the allure that makes Washington DC one of the most visited destinations in the country. In addition to the national landmarks, stirring memorials, and vibrant neighborhoods, there's the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Twilight Tattoo (a military pageant featuring the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Army Drill Team), colorful row houses, famous hotels and restaurants, and more museums than you'll be able to visit in just one trip.

Gessler covers the city's most popular attractions but also heads off the beaten path to share hidden gems, like the quirky Albert Einstein Memorial and Eastern Market, where you can dine on bluebucks and browse for flea market finds. Also included are an index of sites and a useful appendix of addresses, Web sites, Metro stops, and phone numbers.

Very Washington DC is a picture-perfect guidebook--a one-of-a-kind memento for tourists and a cherished reminder of the city's riches for those who have always lived in America's hometown.