Best Little Stories From Virginia

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581823585
  • Publisher: SourceBooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Best Little Stories Series
  • Pages: 458
  • Sales rank: 952,625
  • Product dimensions: 0.93 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

C. BRIAN KELLY, a prize-winning journalist, is cofounder of Montpelier Publishing and a former editor 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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments xi
Prologue
1526: Came, Saw ... and Left 5
1561: His Name was Don Luis 6
1570-1600: Hidden Empire Developing 13
Part 1 Seventeenth Century
1606: Supplies Eaten Up 17
1607: Already a Formidable Resume 18
1609: "Bowling in the Streets" 20
1623: Plea for Help 25
1624: Nailed by the Ears 29
1676: Turmoil in Jamestown 33
1676: "Soldier, Statesman Saint" 39
Jamestown Highlights 44
Part 2 Eighteenth Century
1755: Major Washington's Steadfastness 53
1755: The Gang's All Here 56
1755: Incredible Wilderness Trek 61
1777: Tragic End for Cornstalk 71
1779: That Other Famous Clark 77
1781: The Nadir of His Fortunes 80
1781: Bulldog Seen at Yorktown 86
1787: Start of a Hemings Family Saga 90
1788: Patrick Henry Smelt a Rat 97
1794: Medical Marvel Kept Secret 102
1796: "The Man Himself" 103
1799: An Avoidable Death? 105
1799-1836: Moments of National Grief 108
Part 3 Nineteenth Century
1800: Gabriel's Insurrection 115
1801: President at Last! 121
1803: Traveling East to Go West 127
1805: Two Girls on a Horse 133
1806: Murder of "Virginia Socrates" 140
1812: High Praise for a Sortie 143
1813: Nation's Oldest Governor's Mansion 149
1814: Parting with His Books 152
1839: Birth of an Island 155
1842: First Glimpses of Cadet Jackson 162
1849: "Nevermore, Quoth the Raven" 165
1853: Forgotten Explorer 170
1854: "You Cannot Exclude Me from Heaven" 179
1855: Painful Days for Norfolk 181
1856: A Christmas Day Celebration 187
1858: Job for a Thousand Men and Boys 192
1862: Final Days for Virginia's "White House" 197
1862: So, Who Captured Norfolk? 200
1862: Daily Concerns While at War 206
1862: The World Around Him 210
1863: Term As Governor Unrecognized 215
1863: Ever Infamous in Norfolk 218
1864: Meeting "Bobby" Lee 222
1865: "Awed Stillness" at Appomattox 225
1859-70: Robert E. Lee: A Collage 226
1869: Waterproof Carpetbags for Sale 233
1873: Confederate Veterans to the Fore 237
1890: Dinner Party for "Such a Rebel" 240
1899: Century of Sorrows 243
Part 4 Twentieth Century
1907: Babes in Incubators 251
1909: Challenging Presidential Foray 255
1909: Unwitting Catalyst for Reform 262
1912: Surviving the Titanic 267
1912: Boomtown Days for Hopewell 273
1917: Pulled Out of the Fishbowl 277
1921: School That "Bad Sam" Built 280
1925: "Watch Out, She's a-Coming In!" 283
1932: Reunion to End Reunions 287
1934: Explorer in Trouble 290
1939: Start of a National Treasure 294
1943: No "Folly" After All 302
1944: Grim Tidings for Bedford 306
1944: Rosa Parks Preempted 310
1952: Start on a Foxhole Promise 312
1958: Massive Resistance at Work 315
1967: Lessons for a South African Visitor 318
1968: Life with a New Heart 320
1969: Night the Mountains Fell In 325
1972: Day on the Job at Dulles 329
1975: Pesticide in Their Veins 333
1976: Gaffe by a Queen 337
1976: The New "Byrd Machine" 340
1978: Love Affair with Virginia 343
1978: Tantamount Politics No More 347
1993: Passing of a "World Citizen" 351
Part 5 Twenty-First Century
2000: Father on Lee's Staff 359
2003: Paean to Little Route 5 360
The Women Who Counted 367
Epilogue: Past, Present, and Future 409
1607-2003: Missing Persons 415
A Short Chronology of Virginia History 421
Selected Bibliography 425
Index 429
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    Best Little Stories Series

    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.

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