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West Virginia A History
West Virginia A History


 
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Pages: 239
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by John Alexander Williams

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.

Table of content:

Point Pleasant

Harpers Ferry

Droop Mountain

Tug Fork

Paint Creek

Hawks Nest

Buffalo Creek

Montani semper . . .

Epilogue: Back to Blair Mountain

Acknowledgments

Index

Original Maps by Harold Faye West Virginia Contemporary

Creation of West Virginia: Counties and Railroad Lines


About the author:

John Alexander Williams received his doctorate in history from Yale University in 1966, having studied with the eminent American historian, C. Vann Woodward. He taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago before joining the Department of History at West Virginia University in 1972. He is now Professor of History at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, having also directed the Center for Appalachian Studies for seven years. He is also the author of West Virginia and the Captains of Industry, a West Virginia University Press classic.