West Virginia: A History (States and the Nation)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 1984 - History - 212 pages

John Alexander Williams's West Virginia: A History is widely considered one of the finest books ever written about the 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.

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User Review  - Philip100 - LibraryThing

Well written book, drags in places but provides the reader with well documented histories of West Virginia. I just wish one of these writers would pay a little more attention to the northern half of the state. Over all I would recommend reading this book if you are interested in West Virginia. Read full review

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About the author (1984)

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 the author of West Virginia and the Captains of Industry, a West Virginia University Press classic.

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