Southside Virginia: Echoing Through History

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In the dusky stillness of the seven counties that lie east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a rich history unfolds. In Southside Virginia: Echoing Through History, Herman Melton enticingly exposes his readers to vignettes exploring the colonial through World War II periods in this beautiful Virginia landscape. As Melton delves into the world of Southside Virginia's inhabitants, we meet Carson Davenport, an artist who painted a mural as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's relief program for unemployed ...
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Overview

In the dusky stillness of the seven counties that lie east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a rich history unfolds. In Southside Virginia: Echoing Through History, Herman Melton enticingly exposes his readers to vignettes exploring the colonial through World War II periods in this beautiful Virginia landscape. As Melton delves into the world of Southside Virginia's inhabitants, we meet Carson Davenport, an artist who painted a mural as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's relief program for unemployed artists during the Great Depression. We learn about the life of a gristmill, an essential element of the region's economy, built by George Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's uncle, in the year Pittsylvania County was founded. In still another chapter of the Southside saga, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was converted into a World War II prison facility for German naval personnel. Southside Virginia has both a tumultuous and illuminating history. From the suffocating blanket of slavery to the welcome changes of the Industrial Revolution, this area east of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers a story that spans the American experience. Using precise details and beautiful illustrations, Herman Melton weaves a story that readers will never forget.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596291379
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     9
Introduction     11
David Ross: Pittsylvania's Unsung Hero of the American Revolution     15
John Donelson's Iron Land Swindle: An Early White-collar Crime     21
Thomas Jefferson's Uncle: Mill Builder in the Turkey Cock Meadow     29
Judge Lynch and the Origin of "Lynch Law"     35
The Nature of Punishment in Early Southside Virginia     39
Fighting the Alien and Sedition Acts: Pittsylvania's Blow for Liberty     45
Chains, Shackles and Thirty-nine Lashes: The Sad Dilemma of an Antebellum Church     49
The Lanier Mass Murder: Mortis Non Merdant     57
The Perils of Fighting Secession in 1861: Joe East's Costly Opposition     65
Maintaining Law and Order on the Homefront: The Special Police Force     71
The Battle of the Staunton River Bridge     77
The Southside's Most Riotous Decade 1875-1885     83
"Old Joe Clark": A Southside Legend and the Source of a Folk Song     91
Chatham's Post Office Mural: A Monument to a New Deal Artist     111
Hitler's Marinen at Sandy Level: The Saga of a World War II Prisoner of War Camp     115
Bibliography     119
Index     123
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