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  1. Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars: 1689-1763 (The American Story)

by Betsy Maestro

  1. If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution

by Kay Moore

  1. Early American Villages (American Community)

by Raymond Bial

  1. Fort Life (The Historic Communities)

by Bobbie Kalman , David Schimpky

  1. Betsy Zane, The Rose of Fort Henry

by Lynda Durrant

  1. Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

by Lois Lenski

  1. The Beaded Moccasins : The Story of Mary Campbell

by Lynda Durrant

  1. The Courage of Sarah Noble

by Alice Dalgliesh

  1. The Sign of the Beaver

by Elizabeth George Speare
10. Roadcut Geology Along U. S. Highway 48 in West Virginia
   by Reynolds, J. H.
11. Geologic History of West Virginia
  by Cardwell, Dudley H.
12. An introduction to fossils and minerals : seeking clues to the earth's past
by Erickson, Jon

  1. John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

By Glaser, Jason

  1. Terrible Swift Sword: the Legacy of John Brown

By Russo, Peggy

  1. John Brown

By Becker, Helaine

  1. Allies for Freedom: Blacks and John Brown

By Quarles, Benjamin

  1. John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

By January, Brendan

  1. John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry in American History

By Stein, R. Conrad

  1. Mine Eyes Have Seen

By Rinaldi, Ann

  1. The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown

By Renehan, Edward

  1. Harpers Ferry: the Story of John Brown’s Raid

By Barrett, Tracy

  1. John Brown of Harper’s Ferry

By Scott, John Anthony

  1. The Story of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry

By Kent, Zachary

  1. Young Howells & John Brown: Episodes in a Radical Education

by Cady, Edwin Harrison

  1. John Brown’s Raid at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: 1859

26. Black Voices from Harpers Ferry: Osborne Anderson and the John Brown Raid

By Libby, Jean
Civil War & Statehood

  1. The Story of John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry

by Zachery Kent

  1. Ulysses S. Grant

by Zachery Kent

  1. Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds

by Seymour Reit

  1. Perilous Road

by William Steele

  1. Bull Run

by Paul Fleishman

  1. Rifles for Watie

by Harold Keith

  1. Lincoln, A Photobiography

by Russell Freedman

  1. Charley Skedaddle

by Patricia Beatty

  1. The Tamarack Tree

by Patricia Clapp

  1. Turn Homeward Hannalee

by Patricia Beatty

  1. Behind the Blue and Grey

by Delia Ray

  1. To Be A Slave

by Julius Lester

  1. Stonewall

by Jean Fritz

  1. Thunder at Gettysburg

by Patricia Gauch

  1. Death of Lincoln

by Leroy Hayman

  1. Robert E. Lee

by Manfred Weidhorn

  1. Shades of Gray

by Carolyn Reeder

  1. The Mystery of Drear House

by Virginia Hamilton

  1. The Root Cellar

by Janet Lunn

  1. The Tin Heart

by Karen Ackerman

  1. The Boys' War

by Jim Murphy

  1. Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

Excerpted by Michael McCurdy

  1. Jayhawker

by Patricia Beatty

  1. Stealing Freedom

By Elisa Carbone

  1. On the Trail of John Brown's Body

By Alan N. Kay

  1. Nettie's Trip South

By Ann Turner

  1. Henry Freedom's Box

By Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson

  1. Stealing Freedom

By Elisa Carbone

  1. On the Trail of John Brown's Body

By Alan N. Kay

  1. Nettie's Trip South

By Ann Turner

  1. Henry's Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson


1. Growing Up in Coal Country

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Grade 5-8. Bartoletti uses oral history, archival documents, and an abundance of black-and-white photographs to make turn-of-the-century mining life a surprisingly compelling subject for today's young people. Zooming in on northeastern Pennsylvania in general, and the perspective of children in particular, she writes of the desperate working conditions, the deplorable squalor found in the "patch villages," and the ever-present dangers of the occupation. Stories of breaker-boy pranks and the roles of the animals at work bring some comic relief, but even they point out the enormous hardships suffered before there were effective unions and child-labor laws. The words and work of children are weighted equally with the efforts of the Molly McGuires, Mother Jones, and other adult players. Captioned, black-and-white photographs, with attributions, appear on almost every page, allowing the images to play a powerful role in the gritty story. The bibliography reveals the depth of Bartoletti's research. An introduction conveys her motivation (fascination with family stories), while a brief conclusion touches upon the region in the post-World War I era. For a first-rate, accessible study of a time and place that played an important role in American economic and social history, look no further.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA

Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc
2. Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities

by Shirley Stewart Burns

"Bringing Down the Mountains" provides insight into how mountaintop removal (MTR) surface coal mining has affected the people and the land of southern West Virginia. It examines the mechanization of the mining industry and the power relationships between coal interests, politicians, and the average citizen. "Bringing Down the Mountains" reveals how a political system married to natural-resource extraction turns a blind eye to the irrevocable disfigurement of the earth while thousands of West Virginians suffer the consequences. MTR has ruined homes, increased the risk of flooding, endangered the lives of school children, forced friends and family members out of town, and turned West Virginia's hardwood forests into moonscapes.
3. King Coal : A Pictorial Heritage of West Virginia Coal Mining

by Stan Cohen

King Coal is a well-illustrated overview of coal mining in the Mountain State. This book discusses and illustrates the basics of mining methods and operations, the geology of the state, life in a coal town, the unrest in the coalfields and more. King Coal describes the living conditions of the miners, and some of the state’s worst mining disasters. You’ll meet some of the more colorful and fabled characters of the industry, including Albert "Sid" Hatfield, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, and former UMWA president William Blizzard.
4. The Company Town: Architecture and Society in the Early Industrial Age

by John Garner

Built by industrialists whose early businesses contributed to the escalation of the Industrial Revolution, company towns flourished in countries that embraced capitalism and open-market trading. In many instances, the company town came to symbolize the wrecking of the environment, especially in places associated with extractive industries such as mining and lumber milling. Some resident industrialists, however, took a genuine interest in the welfare of their work forces, and in a number of instances hired architects to provide a model environment. Overtaken by time, these towns were either abandoned or caught up in suburban growth. The most thorough-going and only international assessment of the company town, this collection of essays by specialists and authorities of each region offers a balanced account of architectural and social history and provides a better understanding of the architectural and urban experiences of the early industrial age.
5. The Roots of American Industrialization (Creating the North American Landscape)

by David R. Meyer

"David Meyer cleverly combines the disciplines of economics, geography, history, sociology, and urban studies. His story of economic growth and development, technological change, and urbanization does for the East Coast manufacturing district what Nature's Metropolis does for Chicago. The Roots of American Industrialization is an insightful look at the East Coast in the antebellum period, when its cities grew internally and met the external challenge of the Midwest, when its industrial plants had yet to reach full flower, before there was any hint of rust." -- Louis P. Cain, Northwestern University
6. Gauley Mountain

by Louise McNeill

A collection of poems by Louise McNeill set during the Industrial age in West Virginia.
7. Fenton Art Glass Patterns 1939-1980: Identification & Value Guide

by Margaret Whitmyer

This revised edition of Fenton Art Glass Patterns showcases thousands of pieces in color with many original catalog reprints. It picks up where the authors' first Fenton volume left off, this time concentrating on the years 1939 to 1980. Popular shapes such as Hobnail, Crest, Spiral Optic, and over 30 additional featured patterns are showcased using full-page, detailed photographs in conjunction with catalogs. There are 60 new and revised photographs, including lamps and pieces decorated by other companies.
8. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in West Virginia

by Bob Withers

In 1827, a group of Baltimore capitalists feared their city would be left out of the lucrative East Coast-to-Midwest trade that other eastern cities were developing; thus, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was chartered. Political pressure kept the B&O out of Pennsylvania at first, and so track crews headed for what is now West Virginia, building mountainous routes with torturous grades to Wheeling and Parkersburg. Eventually the B&O financed and acquired a spider web of branch lines that covered much of the northern and central parts of the Mountain State. This book takes a close look at the lines locomotives, passenger and freight trains, structures, and, most importantly, its people who endeared their company to generations of travelers, shippers, and small Appalachian communities.
9. The Gardener

by Sarah Stewart

This thoroughly delightful and touching book brings us a series of letters between young Lydia and her family. This is one of those books where the pictures ad immeasurably to the plot and must be examined carefully to get the most out of the book. They being with the end papers, continue on through the title pages and then on to the text. Don’t skip over any of them. The one spread that shows Lydia dwarfed by the interior of Penn Station is a story in itself. It’s the time of the Great Depression and Lydia is sent away from the farm where she lives with her grandmother and parents to her uncle in New York City. She’s to help him in the bakery. It’s a hard time for all. Lydia misses her family and the gardens terribly. The city is bleak and her uncle even bleaker. Lydia is determined to get him to smile. Her letters home reveal a bit of her plans and there are other hints along the way but the surprise she creates will bring a smile to the readers as well as to her uncle.
10. The Dust Bowl

by David Booth

History can be difficult for children to conceptualize, but here a boy's breakfast connects him to the past. The dust that coats Matthew's cereal bowl becomes a metaphor for the drought his family faces. Like the "Big Dry" of the 1930s, there's too little rain and too much wind for the wheat they grow on their farm. Listening to his grandfather's stories about life on their Canadian farm during those years, and watching his father toil for the land he loves, Matthew learns that determination has overcome hardship in the past and likely can again. Reczuch's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations have a matte finish that mimics a fine coating of dust. Readers will feel the wind-blown sand stinging the children's faces as they walk home from school. The menacing grasshoppers that devoured the crops during the "Dirty Thirties" are viewed from a close-up perspective, making them appear to be larger-than-life monsters. Children in farming communities may find comfort from knowing that the problems of the present have been overcome in the past. City dwellers will come to realize the courage it takes to continue working the land in the face of uncertainty. Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
11. Dust for Dinner

By David Booth

Jake and Maggy and their parents live on a farm in Oklahoma where they grow crops, raise animals, and sing and dance to the music on the radio. But when a drought comes and dust storms destroy the land, the family must auction all of their belongings and head to California. They manage to hang on to their radio and their dog as the only reminders of the life they've left behind. With the adults working odd jobs, they make their way across the country and are lucky enough to find a better life in California. Jake's first-person narrative; the use of the radio as a motif to provide continuity; and the realistic, full-color illustrations combine to make this story a well-written introduction to the Depression for beginning readers. No dates are given in the story to provide context or historical background, but this information is included in an author's note at the end.
12. The Ballot Box Battle

By Emily Arnold McCully

It’s a fictionalized biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton as told by Stanton to the little girl next door.
13. You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?

By Jean Fritz

Fritz maintains her reputation for fresh and lively historical writing with this biography of the 19th-century American feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), imparting to her readers not just a sense of Stanton's accomplishments but a picture of the greater society Stanton strove to change. Stanton is first introduced in girlhood, mastering task after task in a futile effort to prove to her father that she was "just as good as any boy." Brightly told anecdotes tell of the adult Stanton's excitement in rousing audiences to concern for women's rights; Fritz sets the background by outlining the prevailing social sanctions against women speaking in public. She explores Stanton's responsibilities in raising seven children; her unconventional marriage; her long collaboration with Susan B. Anthony; her attempts to cope with dissension within the women's rights movement. Throughout, the author stresses Stanton's pluck and verve, quoting Stanton's sharp comebacks to "apple-headed" men or showing Stanton during the statewide celebration of her 80th birthday, using the attention to excoriate the church for its backwardness ("Susan must have groaned," Fritz conjectures).
14. If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights

By Anne Kamma

There was a time that girls and women in the United States could not: wear pants; play sports on a team; ride a bicycle; or go to college.
That all began to change in 1848, when American women (and some men) met in Seneca Falls, NY, at the first convention for women's rights held anywhere in the world.
In the familiar question-and-answer format, this installment in the acclaimed If You Lived... history series tells the exciting story of how women worked to get equal rights with men, culminating in the 19th amendment to the Constitution and giving women the right to vote.
Readers find out what life was like for girls in those days and meet the pioneering figures in the movement, including Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul.
Anne Kamma has written several books in the series including If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America and If You Lived with the Indians of the Northwest Coast, both illustrated by Pamela Johnson
15. The Coffin Quilt: The Feud Between the Hatfields and the McCoys

By Ann Rinaldi

Feuds among the mountain folks of West Virginia and Kentucky, particularly the bloody skirmishes between the Hatfield and McCoy families, are often celebrated in American legend and folksongs. In The Coffin Quilt, Ann Rinaldi mines this rich vein of Americana for a fascinating tale that closely follows the real events of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, but which also has implications for our own violent times. Rinaldi--known for Cast Two Shadows, An Acquaintance with Darkness, and other historical fiction novels for teens--suggests in her author's note that "the Civil War conditioned men who fought in it to kill and to hate." Consequently, men came home from the war to their mountains with minds and rifles primed to react to the slightest trespass upon their exaggerated loyalty to kinfolk. The story is told by Fanny, the youngest of the fourteen McCoy children, who traces the beginnings of the famous feud to a confused Civil War shooting and a dispute over a herd of pigs. When her favorite older sister, the beautiful Roseanna, runs off with handsome Johnse Hatfield, it's like a bucket of gasoline thrown on the smoldering hatred between the two families. Warned by the apparition she calls Yeller Thing, Fanny is nonetheless a helpless witness to ambushes and killings, burials and retribution. Too late she realizes that Roseanna's obsession with sewing a traditional but gruesome coffin-decorated quilt is a sign of her evil attraction to deliberately stoking the fires of the feud--providing a psychological thriller ending for this dramatic tale of hillbilly love and revenge.
16. Kingdom of the Hollow: The Story of the Hatfields and McCoys

By Phillip Hardy

Imagine a story of an epic dispute, which has become a part of our American Mythology. "Kingdom of the Hollow, the Story of the Hatfields" and McCoys is an incredible tale of the most famous feud in our nation's history. It is a story of jealousy, murder, vengeance and unrequited love that is rich with vivid historical characters in a post Civil War setting.
17. State Houses: America’s 50 State Capitol Buildings

By Susan W. Thrane

This lovely large-format book takes readers on a cross-country tour of all 50 state capitals, not for the purpose of comparing life in this wide variety of city and town environments but to visit each capital's capitol--that is, the building that houses the state legislature. If anyone believes that all capitol buildings are the same across the nation, think again--or, better yet, take an informative, luxurious trip through the pages of this volume. Yes, there are the traditional domed structures a la the federal capitol in Washington, D.C. (such as those found in Sacramento, California, and Austin, Texas). But take a look at the unusual ones in Albany, New York, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Accompanying the beautiful full-color interior and exterior shots is sprightly text describing design, decoration, and construction. For history buffs as well as travelers.
18. Charleston (WV) (Postcard History Series)

By Stan Bumgardner

Take a trip back in time and see how downtown Charleston, West Virginia, looked nearly 100 years ago. This new book is the most complete collection of historic Charleston postcards ever published. The images illustrate how Charleston grew from a small town to become the state capital and a thriving commercial center, and each postcard offers a nostalgic look back at the 20th century. Charlestonians will fondly recall many of the buildings that no longer exist, such as the old public library, Ruffner Hotel, and Charleston National Bank. Likewise, postcards of Capitol Street will evoke memories of once-bustling shops, like Diamond Department Store, McCrory’s Five and Dime, and S. Spencer Moore. These postcards freeze moments in time, taking readers on a stroll through downtown Charleston in the early 1900s.
Change and Tradition in WV and Military

1. The Civil Rights Movement for Kids

by Mary Turck

A comprehensive history and guide to one of the defining movements of the 20th century. Beginning with the early days of segregation and ending with civil rights today, readers discover not only the work and speeches of the notable leaders, but also how children participated in the struggle. A balanced discussion notes tactical differences between the different groups and their actions. The text is tightly written with a strong voice that rings out in its recounting of past injustices. The ultimate message is that while the movement witnessed extraordinary accomplishments in the past 50 years, new challenges await young people of the new century; knowledge of the past is the foundation of future action. Activities include reenacting a lunch-counter sit-in, organizing a workshop on nonviolence, and holding a freedom film festival. The entire Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are appended. Black-and-white photos from newspapers, magazines, and the National Archives and a few drawings enhance the text. Although independent students will find a wealth of information here, this enormous effort begs for sensitive, knowledgeable adults to use it as a tool in guiding young people in the study of human rights for all.

2. The Sneetches and Other Stories

by Dr. Seuss

This collection of four of Dr. Seuss's most winning stories begins with that unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean ("the Fix-it-up Chappie"), who teaches them that pointless prejudice can be costly. Following the Sneetches, a South-Going Zax and a North-Going Zax seem determined to butt heads on the prairie of Prax. Then there's the tongue-twisting story of Mrs. McCave--you know, the one who had 23 sons and named them all Dave. (She realizes that she'd be far less confused had she given them different names, like Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face or Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate.) A slightly spooky adventure involving a pair of haunted trousers--"What was I scared of?"--closes out the collection.
3. If A Bus Could Talk: the story of Rosa Parks

by Faith Ringgold

Underdeveloped poetic conceits short-circuit this profile of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Marcie, an African-American child, is waiting for the bus to school when a strange bus pulls up; for some reason, she boards it. There is no driver, but the bus itself talks. It informs Marcie that she is riding on "the Rosa Parks bus," the very vehicle that Parks had been riding in 1955 when, refusing to give up her seat to a white man, she helped trigger the Montgomery Bus Boycott. (In a bizarre irony, Marcie is made to give up her seat, which is ostensibly intended for Parks.) The bus then recounts Parks's childhood, education and tireless work as a civil rights activist; Marcie's fellow passengers serve as chorus, intermittently chiming in, "Amen! Amen!... We know, we were there." The account is full of hard-hitting information but suffers from confusing prose ("The Montgomery Bus Boycott was the beginning of a national movement in which people of every race organized protests against segregation in their own towns"). Finally, Parks boards the bus, and it emerges that Marcie's fellow riders include Parks's husband and Martin Luther King Jr.; in a throwaway ending, Marcie debarks at her school ("I can't wait to tell my class about this!"). Ringgold's paintings help animate this uneven tale, but a depiction of the bus with facial features, hair and hat compromises her powerful folk-art style. Other picture books chronicle Parks's life more lucidly; this is a disappointingly bumpy ride.
4. Death at Buffalo Creek: The Story Behind the West Virginia Flood Disaster of 1972

by Tom Nugent

Nugent, Tom. Death at Buffalo Creek; the 1972 West Virginia Flood Disaster, New York, Norton, 1973.
5. West Virginia Mine Disaster

by Jean Ritchie

6. The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books) by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler
7. The Letter Home by Timothy Decker

  1. A House of Tailors by Patricia Reilly Giff

  1. The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland

  1. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

  1. Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reader

  1. Tar Beach by Faith Ringold

  1. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringold

  1. Color Bright Quilts for Kids by Marianne Pons

15. Air Castle of the South: WSM and the making of Music City by Craig Havighurst

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