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10 books about West Virginia
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The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green
Category: Company Profiles
This book was published 5 years ago by Grove Press and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.
From before the dawn of the 20th century until the arrival of the New Deal, one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in American history was waged in West Virginia. On one side were powerful corporations whose millions bought armed guards and political influence. On the other side were 50,000 mine workers, the nation’s largest labor union, and the legendary "miners’ angel,” Mother Jones. The fight for unionization and civil rights sparked a political crisis verging on civil war that stretched from the creeks and hollows to the courts and the US Senate. In The Devil is Here in These Hills, celebrated labor historian James Green tells the story of West Virginia and coal like never before. The value of West Virginia’s coalfields had been known for decades, and after rail arrived in the 1870s, industrialists pushed fast into the wilderness, digging mines and building company towns where they wielded nearly complete control over everyday life. The state’s high-quality coal drove American expansion and industrialization, but for tens of thousands of laborers, including boys as young as ten, mining life showed the bitter irony of the state motto, "Mountaineers are Always Free.” Attempts to unionize were met with stiff resistance. Fundamental rights were bent, then broken, and the violence evolved from bloody skirmishes to open armed conflict, as an army of miners marched to an explosive showdown. Extensively researched and told in vibrant detail, The Devil is Here in These Hills is the definitive book on an essential chapter in the history of American freedom.
Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood by Drema Hall Berkheimer
This book was published 5 years ago by Zondervan and takes approximately 6.9 hours to read.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.
Birds of West Virginia Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides) by Stan Tekiela
This book was published 13 years ago by Adventure Publications and takes approximately 10.4 hours to read.
See a yellow bird; donít know what it is? No problem! This remarkable field guide features 117 bird species (only West Virginia birds!) organized by color. Photos, detailed descriptions, Stanís Notes and range maps help to ensure correct I.D.
Waiting for the Fall: A Decade of Dreams, Drama and West Virginia University Football by Mike Casazza
Category: Football (American)
This book was published 9 years ago by Zone Read and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
For the people of West Virginia-a state that is often ridiculed and disregarded-their flagship university's Mountaineer football team is a source of pride, a shining representative for their state on the national stage. So when native son and head coach Rich Rodriguez led the Mountaineers to an unexpected Sugar Bowl victory at the end of the 2005 season, behind a youthful roster that included electrifying freshmen Patrick White and Steve Slaton, West Virginia fans figured the best was yet to come. Instead, the seasons that followed served up endless, stomach-churning drama, pivoting around one of the most earth-shattering upsets in college football history-to be known forever by its final score, 13-9. Successes came the Mountaineers' way, including three Bowl Championship Series victories in seven years. But so did turbulent coaching changes that splintered the fan base, looming uncertainty caused by ongoing conference realignment, power struggles that forced some into highly embarrassing acts, and enough backstabbing and subterfuge to fill a Shakespearian tragedy. The Mountaineers emerged from the turmoil to face a bright future in a new conference, but will the old demons still haunt them? As a sportswriter for the Charleston Daily Mail, Mike Casazza has covered the Mountaineers for more than a decade; he's lived WVU football from Nehlen to Rodriguez to Stewart to Holgorsen. In Waiting for the Fall, Casazza has written the definitive document of this unprecedented period for West Virginia University football. You'll also read an insightful foreword from ESPN play-by-play announcer and native West Virginian Mike Patrick, who broadcast that infamous loss to Pittsburgh. Waiting for the Fall is an epic tale that captures the events and emotions that defined an era for West Virginians who experienced it firsthand. It's also a must-read for football fans who watched with interest as the sport's most successful team without a national title became a soap opera disguised as a major college football program. And if you're a sports fan who simply loves a great story told well, Waiting for the Fall is just the sort of page-turner you'll love.
West Virginia Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series) by Rick Steelhammer
Category: Trivia & Fun Facts
This book was published 11 years ago by Globe Pequot and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.
A guide to the offbeat people, places, and events that make West Virginia even stranger than readers might think!
The Little Farmhouse in West Virginia (1) by Ginny Yurich
Category: Short Story Collections
This book was published 2 years ago by BookBaby and takes approximately 0.9 hours to read.
There are so many things to do on a farm. You could head to the barn to play with the kittens or go fishing in the small pond. You could grab a jar to catch fireflies in or swing high on the porch swing. Childhood outdoor adventures are fun to experience and they are fun to read about. Come along on this childhood adventure and imagine spending a summer with your family at a little farmhouse in West Virginia.
Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians by William C. Roody
Category: State & Local
This book was published 18 years ago by University Press of Kentucky and takes approximately 17.9 hours to read.
With its dense forests and plentiful rainfall, West Virginia and the rest of the Central Appalachian region is an almost perfect habitat for hundreds of varieties of wild mushrooms. For the mushroom hunter, this vast bounty provides sheer delight and considerable challenge, for every outdoor excursion offers the chance of finding a mushroom not previously encountered. For both the seasoned mycologist and the novice mushroom hunter, Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians serves as a solid introduction s of the region. Some 400 species are described and illustrated with the author's own stunning color photographs, and many more are discussed in the text. Detailed mushroom descriptions assure confident identifications. Each species account includes remarks about edibility and extensive commentary to help distinguish similar species. A comprehensive glossary of specialized mycological terms is provided.
West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free (Civil War Series) by Mark A. Snell
This book was published 10 years ago by The History Press and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
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.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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