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The Shenandoah

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IN 1945, West Virginia author Julia Davis penned The Shenandoah as part of the Rivers of America Series, a landmark collection of books written by literary figures over a period of thirty years. In this classic reprint, now with an introduction by Christopher Camuto, Davis tells the history of the Shenandoah Valley and River, drawing on her own research and the experiences of ancestors who settled and lived in the area. Her book provides a poetic vision of both the river and the...

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Overview

IN 1945, West Virginia author Julia Davis penned The Shenandoah as part of the Rivers of America Series, a landmark collection of books written by literary figures over a period of thirty years. In this classic reprint, now with an introduction by Christopher Camuto, Davis tells the history of the Shenandoah Valley and River, drawing on her own research and the experiences of ancestors who settled and lived in the area. Her book provides a poetic vision of both the river and the valley, preserving a fragment of America's landscape.

The West Virginia Classics series features reprinted editions of treasured literary and historical works. This rediscovery of classic texts reveals the culture and diversity of West Virginia while speaking to a new generation of readers who desire to explore the story of the Mountain State. The highly designed volumes of West Virginia Classics clear a delightful path to the past, helping citizens of all ages discover and rediscover the history, culture, and diversity of West Virginia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933202952
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: West Virginia Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Davis Adams (1901-1993) was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, attended Wellesley College, and graduated from Barnard College in 1922. She began her career as a reporter for The Associated Press in New York City, where she also headed the adoption service of the Children’s Aid Society in the early 1960’s. She authored two dozen books.

Christopher Camuto is the author of a rough-hewn trilogy on the southern Appalachians - A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge, Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains, and Hunting from Home: A Year Afield in the Blue Ridge Montains - as well as Time and Tide in Acadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island. He manages a biodiversity perserve, an 80-acre eco-restoration of old farm fields, woodlots, and wetlands in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Christopher Camuto vii

MAP George Annand xviii

Part I Promise 1

1 Song 3

2 The Unrecorded Past 6

3 Exploration 17

4 Settlement 26

5 Pioneers 40

6 Washington 52

7 Massacres 62

8 Fort Loudoun 69

9 Revolution 85

10 Expansion 102

11 Inventions 113

Part II Holocaust 125

12 The Fateful Lightning 127

13 The Swift Sword 141

14 Marching On 157

15 The Invaded 170

16 Valley Campaign I 182

17 Valley Campaign II 193

18 Valley Campaign III 203

19 The Long Year 213

20 The Burning 230

21 The Starving Crows 243

Part III Recovery 257

22 The Hero 259

23 The Fait 272

24 Fool's Gold and True Gold 282

25 Past Into Present 293

26 Valley Tour I 304

27 Valley Tour II 313

28 Valley Tour III 325

29 Epilogue 340

Postscript 344

Acknowledgment 347

Bibliography 348

About the Author 356

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