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.
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.
Can't really recommend this as a history of West Virginia. This was a fair retelling of the creation of the state by separation from Virginia -- but not a very interesting... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Arnhout Zwingley
got this as a WV history course for my daughter... she likes it and said it was an enjoyable read.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book gives a multidimensional view of several key events/situations in West Virginia's history, including socio-political and economic factors as well as the bare facts. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Yvonne Anderson
This book is really good but sometimes jumps around a bit. I would like to have seen more detail on the states actual formation, but the author does a great job at describing the... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by jnut
West Virginia is a very unique state rich in history. This book is an easy read and gives a great overall history. It is a fun read!Published on July 22, 2013 by P. K. Cole