Within slightly more than 100 years, the sleepy village of Newport News has transformed itself from a sparsely populated region of watermen and farmers to a city known as one of the nation's greatest centers for shipbuilding, scientific research, Virginia history, and scenic sites. Nestled along the eastern coast of Virginia on the James River, Newport News has a colorful and dynamic history intrinsically linked to the surrounding water. As the town filled with people of great energy and enthusiasm, their hard work propelled local industry to the forefront of the city's reputation.
About the Author
In Images of America: Newport News, author Jane Carter Webb has collected over 200 historic photographs that shed light on a bygone era. These images and stories serve as a testimony to the lives and experiences of area residents past and present, from William Styron to the great physicist Nathan Isgur. Jane Carter Webb, an emeritus professor of physics and computer science at Christopher Newport University, has a long-standing love of and interest in local history. She is an active Newport News resident, has authored of numerous books, and has received four grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, some of which have been focused upon the region, its residents, and their relationship to the water.
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Newport News, Virginia (Images of America Series) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I liked the organization. This book is not just a collection of pictures the author collected. She seems to have ideas about her topic. She apparently knows a lot about the people in Newport News.
Most of the Arcadia Images series are a tad boring except to locals. This one is very well written. Tone of the book is elegaic. Some interesting ideas well presented of how towns create and then destroy themselves.