[Trivett] Ralph E. Lentz II,
W.R. TRIVETT, APPALACHIAN PICTUREMAN:
Photographs of a Bygone Time.
. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1998).
105 photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index, 176 pp.
~~~ W.R. Trivett (1884–1966), a farmer born in Watauga County, North Carolina, was
also a self-taught professional photographer who left behind an invaluable
collection of over 400 glass plate negatives taken between 1907 and the late
1940s in the Beech Mountain community of neighboring Avery County. Along with
the photographs (105 are reproduced herein), a collection of Trivett’s personal
papers survive, revealing very enlightening information about his life in the
mountains. This work—the fourth in McFarland’s continuing series of
Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies—carefully examines Trivett’s life
and photographs, comparing his work to that of contemporary outside
photographers who often produced stereotypical images of mountain people.
Through Trivett’s images we can, by contrast, see the everyday reality for most
people in rural Appalachia.
Rice, Otis K. & Stephen W. Brown.
WEST VIRGINIA: A History.
NEW copy, trade paperback.
(University Press of Kentucky, 1994). Second Edition. 6x9.
Photographs, bibliography, index, 360 pages.
~~~" An essential resource for scholars, students, and all lovers of the Mountaineer State. From bloody skirmishes with Indians on the early frontier to the Logan County mine war, the story of West Virginia is punctuated with episodes as colorful and rugged as the mountains that dominate its landscape. In this first modern comprehensive history, Otis Rice and Stephen Brown balance these episodes of mountaineer individualism against the complexities of industrial development and the growth of social institutions, analyzing the events and personalities that have shaped the state. To create this history, the authors weave together many strands from the past and present. Included among these are geological and geographical features; the prehistoric inhabitants; exploration and settlement; relations with the Indians; the land systems and patterns of ownership; the Civil War and the formation of the state from the western counties of Virginia; the legacy of Reconstruction; politics and government; industrial development; labor problems and advances; and cultural aspects such as folkways, education, religion, and national and ethnic influences. For this second edition, the authors have added a new chapter, bringing the original material up to date and carrying the West Virginia story through the presidential election of 1992. Otis K. Rice is professor emeritus of history and Stephen W. Brown is professor of history at West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Rivard, Betty (ed).
NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF WEST VIRGINIA, 1934-1943.
NEW copy, trade paperback.
(Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2004). 8x10. Over 150 b&w photographs.
~~~Upon entering the White House in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced an ailing economy in the throes of the Great Depression and rushed to transform the country through recovery programs and legislative reform. By 1934, he began to send professional photographers to the state of West Virginia to document living conditions and the effects of his New Deal programs. The photographs from the Farm Security Administration Project not only introduced “America to Americans,” exposing a continued need for government intervention, but also captured powerful images of life in rural and small town America.New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 presents images of the state’s northern and southern coalfields, the subsistence homestead projects of Arthurdale, Eleanor, and Tygart Valley, and various communities from Charleston to Clarksburg and Parkersburg to Elkins. With over one hundred and fifty images by ten FSA photographers, including Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Ben Shahn, this collection is a remarkable proclamation of hardship,
Williams, John A.
WEST VIRGINIA: A History.
NEW copy, paperback.
(West Virginia University Press, 2003). 8.5 x 5.6.
Maps, illustrations, bibliography, index, 239 pages.
~~~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.
Williams, Cratis D & Patricia D. Beaver (eds).
TALES FROM SACRED WIND:
Coming of Age in Appalachia. The Cratis Williams Chronicles.
. NEW copy, trade paperback.
(Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003). 6x9.
76 photos, appendices, notes, index, 456 pages.
Prior to his death in 1985, Cratis Williams was a leading scholar of and spokesperson for Appalachian life and literature and a pioneer of the Appalachian studies movement. Williams was born in a log cabin on Caines Creek, Lawrence County, Kentucky, in 1911. To use his own terms, he was "a complete mountaineer."
This book is an edited compilation of Williams’ memoirs of his childhood. These autobiographical reminiscences often take the form of a folktale, with individual titles such as "Preacher Lang Gets Drunk" and "The Double Murder at Sledges." Schooled initially in traditional stories and ballads, he learned to read by the light of his grandfather’s whiskey still and excelled at the local one-room school. After becoming the first person from Caines Creek to attend and graduate from the county high school in Louisa, he taught in one-room schools while pursuing his own education. He earned both a BA and MA from the University of Kentucky before moving to Appalachian State Teacher’s College in 1942; later he earned a Ph.D. from New York University and then returned to Appalachian State.