Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth / Edition 1

Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth / Edition 1

by Randall M. Miller
     
 

The Keystone State, so nicknamed because it was geographically situated in the middle of the thirteen original colonies and played a crucial role in the founding of the United States, has remained at the heart of American history. Created partly as a safe haven for people from all walks of life, Pennsylvania is today the home of diverse cultures, religions, ethnic… See more details below

Overview

The Keystone State, so nicknamed because it was geographically situated in the middle of the thirteen original colonies and played a crucial role in the founding of the United States, has remained at the heart of American history. Created partly as a safe haven for people from all walks of life, Pennsylvania is today the home of diverse cultures, religions, ethnic groups, social classes, and occupations. Many ideas, institutions, and interests that were formed or tested in Pennsylvania spread across America and beyond, and continue to inform American culture, society, and politics. Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth is the first comprehensive history of the Keystone State in almost three decades. In it distinguished scholars view Pennsylvania's history critically and honestly, setting the Commonwealth's story in the larger context of national social, cultural, economic, and political development. Part I offers a narrative history and Part II offers a series of "Ways to Pennsylvania's Past" -- nine concise guides designed to enable readers to discover Pennsylvania's heritage for themselves. Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth is the result of a unique collaboration between The Pennsylvania State University Press and The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The result is a remarkable account of how Pennsylvanians have lived, worked, and played through the centuries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271022147
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
A Keystone Book ?
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
712
Sales rank:
264,519
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.88(d)

Meet the Author

Randall M. Miller is William Dirk Warren '50 Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University and President of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

William Pencak is Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University and Editor of Pennsylvania History, the journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Value of Pennsylvania History
Preface
Introduction: Why Should We Care About Pennsylvania History?
Pt. IThe History
1The First Pennsylvanians3
2Encounter and Experiment: The Colonial Period47
3The Promise of Revolution: 1750-1800101
4Building Democratic Communities: 1800-1850153
5Civil Wars: 1850-1900203
6Reforming the Commonwealth: 1900-1950257
7The Postindustrial Age: 1950-2000317
Epilogue: The Making and Unmaking of the Pennsylvanian Empire371
Pt. IIWays to Pennsylvania's Past
8Geography389
9Architecture411
10Archaeology439
11Folklore and Folklife459
12Genealogy481
13Photography501
14Art527
15Oral History553
16Literature575
AppPopular Vote for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1633-1998595
Select Bibliography601
Contributors610
Illustration Credits614
Index622

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