C. BRIAN KELLY, a prize-winning journalist, is cofounder of Montpelier Publishing and a columnist and editor emeritus for Military History magazine. He is also a lecturer in newswriting at the University of Virginia. Kelly's articles have appeared in Reader's Digest, Friends, Yankee, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, and other magazines. He is the author of several books on American history and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Best Little Stories From Virginiaby C. Brian Kelly
When it comes to history, few states can rival Virginia, home of eight presidents and the cradle of the American Revolution. Best Little Stories from Virginia is a collection of more than 100 stories from the four centuries since Jamestown was founded in 1607. A journalistic history, it focuses on the "feature story" angle by approaching history/b>/i>… See more details below
When it comes to history, few states can rival Virginia, home of eight presidents and the cradle of the American Revolution. Best Little Stories from Virginia is a collection of more than 100 stories from the four centuries since Jamestown was founded in 1607. A journalistic history, it focuses on the "feature story" angle by approaching history through the eyes of the people who lived it.
Virginia contained the first English colony in America as well as being the first place where slavery was introduced. It was both the leader of the Confederacy and a battleground of the civil rights struggles of the twentieth century. Its historic back-of-the-bus ruling in 1948 prohibited discriminatory practices on interstate buses long before the Rosa Parks case in Montgomery, Alabama, which involved city buses.
Some of the stories included are:
- Don Luis de Velasco, the Indian boy who was taken away by the Spanish in 1561 and later became chief of the Algonquin tribe.
- Young George Washington, who served in English Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock's army during the French and Indian War alongside Lt. Col. Thomas Gage, who later commanded British troops during the American Revolution.
- George Rogers Clark, whose army of 175 bedraggled, half-starved frontiersmen single handedly captured an important fort from much larger British forces.
- Charles Crozet, the French engineer who designed and completed the Blue Ridge Tunnel in 1856, long before the discovery of dynamite, nitroglycerine, or pneumatic drills.
- The building of the Pentagon, once known as "Somervell's Folly" after Brig. Gen. Brehon Somervell, who conceived it one weekend in mid-1941 as a way to gather scattered War Department personnel under one roof.
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C. Brian Kelly and Ingrid Smyer have put together yet another volume in their short story collections series. This one is entitled, 'Best Little Stories from Virginia.' It's number seven in a series that covers such diverse topics as World War II, the Civil War, the White House, and the Wild West. Kelly and Smyer wrote this book in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown in Virginia. Published by Nashville based Cumberland House Publishing these books are a welcome addition to any library. Often history books are a bit dry and hard to read yet alone understand the content. But 'Best Little Stories' give the reader little vignettes about the American past. They are a 'journalistic history, meaning it focuses on the feature story angle by approaching history through the eyes of the people who lived it.' This work includes stories about the 'Founding Fathers and Mothers' of our country, and the little known tale of Don Luis de Velasco who went on to head the Algonquin Nation. If you love Virginia history than 'Best Little Stories from Virginia' is a bonus for any collection.