William Penn, the might of Pittsburgh steel and the Revolutionary figures of Philadelphia dominate the scene of Pennsylvania history. Thomas White brings together a collection of tales that have been cast in the shadows by these giants of the Keystone State. From the 1869 storm that pelted Chester County with snails to the bloody end of the Cooley gang, White selects events with an eye for the humorous and strange. Mostly true accounts of cannibalistic feasts, goat-rescuing lawmen, heroic goldfish, the funeral of a gypsy queen and a Pittsburgh canine whose obituary was featured in the New York Times all leap from the lost pages of history.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Thomas White is vice president of student services and communications as well as associate professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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A collection of several dozen odd bits of Pennsylvania history and lore, ranging from the weird to the humorous: pterodactyl sightings, hex doctors, hoop snakes, criminals you've probably never heard of, hauntings, the occasional UFO, buried treasure, strange accidents, some gold fish who put out a fire (really!). And who knew there were so many werewolves in Pennsylvania? A delightful read: most subjects are dealt with in a well-written paragraph or two. I'd recommend this book for everyone from teenagers to adults.