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Life and Times of Ann Bailey: Heroine of the Greater Kanawha Valley

By: N/A

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Paperback, 90 pages:

Seller Id: 38


This is the true story of “Mad” Anne Bailey. In 1791 what is now West Virginia was largely unsettled wilderness, where a storm of savage warfare raged between the Indians, the frontiersmen and the settlers. From the moment she heard the news of her husband’s death at the Battle of Point Pleasant, a strange, wild dream seemed to possess her and she became determined to avenge his death. Clad in buckskin pants, a petticoat, brogan shoes, a man’s coat and hat... View more info

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Chronicles of Border Warfare

By: Alexander Scott Withers

Price: $16.95

Publisher: Paperback, 447 pages:

Seller Id: 15


Or, A History of the Settlement by the Whites, of Northwestern Virginia, and of the Indian Wars and Massacres in that Section of the State with Reflections, Anecdotes, &c. First published in 1895, Chronicles of Border Warfare details the western Virginia settlers' experiences with Indian unrest and savage killings. The author clearly states first, however, that the Indians' brutality was in direct response to the landlust and selfishness of the English and A... View more info

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No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster

By: Bonnie E. Stewart

Price: $22.95

Publisher: Paperback, 288 pages:

Seller Id: 69


Ninety-nine men entered the cold, dark tunnels of the Consolidation Coal Company’s No. 9 Mine in Farmington, West Virginia, on November 20, 1968. Some were worried about the condition of the mine. It had too much coal dust, too much methane gas. They knew that either one could cause an explosion. What they did not know was that someone had intentionally disabled a safety alarm on one of the mine’s ventilation fans. That was a death sentence for most of the crew. The ... View more info

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Feuding Hatfields and McCoys

By: Coleman C. Hatfield and Keith Davis

Price: $18.95

Publisher: Paperback, 192 pages:

Seller Id: 3


Even before the gunfire and violence subsided, sensational stories were being published in newspapers and magazines around the country about the Hatfield and McCoy feud. Most of the early articles were exaggerated or grossly inaccurate, so says author F. Keith Davis; and even today, he says the facts surrounding the feud are often lost in a fog of inaccuracies. This volume, authored by [the late] Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield, great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield, and... View more info

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Tale of the Devil: The Biography of Devil Anse Hatfield

By: Coleman C. Hatfield and Robert Y. Spence

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 328 pages:

Seller Id: 20


The Tale of the Devil is the story of the legendary Devil Anse Hatfield, beginning with his childhood in frontier Appalachia, describing his Civil War days as a noted Confederate soldier, giving a richly detailed background into just who this man was and from where he came. Then this handsome edition gives readers a captivating and enlightening bird’s-eye view of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, the killings, and the post-feud years when the shooting subsided. "Now the... View more info

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Truth Be Told: Perspectives on The Great West Virginia Mine War

By: compiled and edited by Wess Harris

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 200 pages:

Seller Id: 5


Truth Be Told follows in the tradition of When Miners March and Dead Ringers in telling the history of West Virginia's miners in boldly uncensored fashion. Truth Be Told offers new documentation of the infamous Esau scrip used by coal companies to force sexual servitude upon women in the New River region coal camps. Similar practices elsewhere are also documented. Truth Be Told expands upon Bonnie Stewart's ground -breaking work o... View more info

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Last Great Senator

By: David Corbin

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Paperback, 365 pages:

Seller Id: 24


No person has been so significantly involved in so much history and yet received so little historical attention as Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving U.S. senator in history. The Last Great Senator examines his complex and fascinating relationships with eleven presidents of the United States. Senator Byrd cast more votes than any other U.S. Senator in history, held a host of other Senate records, and had a powerful influence on every presidential administ... View more info

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Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village in the Mountains of West Virginia

By: David H. Sutton

Price: $32.95

Publisher: 8 X 10 Paperback, 177 pages:

Seller Id: 4


Helvetia: A Swiss Village in the Hills of West Virginia explores the unique founding and development of a community nestled within the wilderness of Appalachia. Established in 1869, this tiny Swiss settlement embodies the American immigrant experience, reflecting the steadfast desire of settlers to preserve cultural traditions and values while adapting to new and extraordinary surroundings. From ramp suppers to carnivals, traditional architecture, folk music, a... View more info

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Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster

By: Davitt McAteer

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Paperback, 331 pages:

Seller Id: 72


New paperback edition with an introduction by Robert B. Reich Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster documents the events and conditions that led to the worst industrial accident in the history of the United States. This mining accident claimed hundreds of lives on the morning of December 6, 1907 and McAteer, an expert on mine and workplace health and safety, delves deeply into the economic forces and social-political landscape of the ... View more info

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Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death

By: Dennis Deitz and Carlene Mowery

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Oversized Paperbeck, 285 pages:

Seller Id: 2


Buffalo Creek: Valley of Death is a reprint of a classic title by Dennis Dietz and Carlene Mowery. It tells the story of a cold day in February 1972, when 125 people lost their lives to a 25-foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris running through narrow, 17-mile Buffalo Creek Valley. The wave was released when an impoundment dam-owned by Pittston Coal and used to filter the black waste-water-burst. Buffalo Creek was the worst mining disaster in West Virginia'... View more info

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Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars

By: edited by Ken Sullivan

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 108 pages:

Seller Id: 64


Goldenseal magazine published some of the best articles ever written about the tragedy of the West Virginia mine wars. This book is a compilation of 19 of those articles, traveling from the governor's office in Charleston to the bloodstained steps of the McDowell County Courthouse. Well illustrated with historic photographs. View more info

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Written In Blood: Courage And Corruption In The Appalachian War Of Extraction

By: Edited by Wess Harris

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 254 pages:

Seller Id: 67


Written in Blood features the work of Appalachia’s leading scholars and activists making available an accurate, ungilded, and uncensored understanding of our history. Combining new revelations from the past with sketches of a sane path forward, this is a deliberate collection looking at our past, present, and future. Sociologist Wess Harris (When Miners March) further documents the infamous Esau scrip system for women, suggesting an institutionalized pract... View more info

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Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars

By: Editor: David Alan Corbin

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 288 pages:

Seller Id: 8


Strikes and union battles occurred throughout American industry during the early part of the twentieth century, but none of these stories compare to the West Virginia Mine Wars of 1912 and 1921. These two workers’ rebellions quickly drew national attention to an area known principally for its “black gold,” the coal that was vital for U.S. factories, power plants, and warships of that age. In 1912, miners struck against the harsh conditions in the work camps o... View more info

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Wheeling Suspension Bridge: A Pictorial Heritage

By: Emory L. Kemp & Beverly B. Fluty

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Paperback, 82 pages:

Seller Id: 90


With the completion of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, American engineers led the world in long-span suspension bridges for more than a century. Finished in 1849, the bridge served not only as an engineering icon, but also forged links in transportation and commerce in Wheeling. The text and illustrations present a context for the Wheeling Suspension Bridge in terms of the history of suspension bridges, as well as the important influence the bridge has had on the lives o... View more info

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History of the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry: Formerly the Second Virginia Infantry, and of Battery G, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery

By: Frank S. Reader

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Paperback, 390 pages:

Seller Id: 51


Originally published in 1890 by the Civil War veterans of the regiment, this new modern version includes the entire original text, 58 images, and an index. The author, Frank S. Reader, a member of Company I, was a newspaper editor and proprietor. His wartime experience as a clerk to both generals Averell and Sigel, as well as his newspaper background, served him well when he was asked by his regimental comrades to write and publish the history of their unit. C... View more info

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Blair Mountain War: Battle of the Red Necks

By: G. T. Swain

Price: $12.50

Publisher: Paperback, 70 pages:

Seller Id: 77


The bloody mine war depicted in this volume is the most deadly outburst of force in the coalfields since the Civil War, resulting out of the deep resentment of Logan County Sheriff Don Chafin, the Baldwin-Felts mine guards, and the bullheaded attitudes of the company owners at the time. President Warren G. Harding eventually became involved, sending federal troops to the region, including an air squadron from Langley Field. During the fighting, miners and several of Sher... View more info

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Princess Aracoma and the Settling of West Virginia

By: G.T. Swain

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Paperback, 110 pages:

Seller Id: 40


After the Battle of Point Pleasant and the death of Chief Cornstalk, in 1774, the Shawnees in West Virginia were under the command of Cornstalk's lovely daughter, Princess Aracoma. Yet, it was fourteen years prior to Cornstalk's death that the princess and many of her people had already moved into a lush valley in what is now southern West Virginia (Midelburg Island, in Logan County). While there, the princessᅠis credited with settling a conflict between the nativ... View more info

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Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won

By: Gerald Stern

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 282 pages:

Seller Id: 9


One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25-foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history: 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1000 were injured, and over 4000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance ... View more info

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Bloodletting in Appalachia: The Story of West Virginia's Four Major Mine Wars and Other Thrilling Incidents of Its Coal Fields

By: Howard B. Lee

Price: $11.95

Publisher: Paperback, 216 pages:

Seller Id: 74


Former Attorney General Howard B. Lee sets forth the fascinating story of West Virginia's mine wars, and examines the role that coal has played in the state's economic and social history. Lee tells of battles on Paint Creek, armed Baldwin-Felts agents, and violence against the miners. He also tells of the East coast millionaires who bilked West Virginia land owners of their riches, and unscrupulous company agents who recruited unsuspecting southerners and immigrants to s... View more info

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First Campaign: A Guide to Civil War in the Mountains of West Virginia, 1861. Three One-Day Driving Tours

By: Hunter Lesser

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Paperback, 96 pages:

Seller Id: 46


West Virginia was the setting for the First Campaign of America’s Civil War. Here brothers clashed in combat amid the rugged mountains of “Western” Virginia in 1861. The First Campaign became a proving ground for soldiers and civilians who would shape American history. In these mountains, a Union army lead by George McClellan battled Confederates directed by Robert E. Lee. McClellan rocketed to stardom here while Lee left the mountains in defeat. Meanwhile, d... View more info