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West Virginia University Press is the only university press, and the largest publisher of any kind, in the state of West Virginia. A part of West Virginia University, they publish books and scholarly journals by authors around the world, with a particular emphasis on Appalachian studies, history, higher education, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary books about energy, environment, and resources. They also publish works of fiction and creative nonfiction, and collaborate on innovative digital publications, notably West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader.

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Maranatha Road

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll

West Virginia University Press
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The Whole World at Once: Stories

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Untapped

Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer

West Virginia University Press
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Memorializing Motherhood

Anna Jarvis and the Struggle for Control of Mother's Day

West Virginia University Press
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Ecologists and Environmental Politics

A History of Contemporary Ecology

West Virginia University Press
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The Industrialist and the Mountaineer

The Eastham-Thompson Feud and the Struggle for West Virginia's Timber Frontier

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Monsters in Appalachia: Stories

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Believe What You Can: Poems

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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All My Mothers and Fathers: A Memoir

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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The Steam and Diesel Era in Wheeling, West Virginia

Photographs by J. J. Young Jr.

West Virginia University Press
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Ecological Governance

Toward a New Social Contract with the Earth

West Virginia University Press
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Bede and Aethelthryth

An Introduction to Christian Latin Poetics

West Virginia University Press
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My Radio Radio

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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The Rope Swing: Stories

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Algerian Diary

Frank Kearns and the "Impossible Assignment" for CBS News

By Gerald Davis; Foreword by Tom Fenton
West Virginia University Press
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The Night I Freed John Brown

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Folk-Songs of the South

Collected Under the Auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society

Edited by John Harrington Cox; Introduction by Alan Jabbour
West Virginia University Press

Folk-Songs of the South: Collected Under the Auspices of the West Virginia Folk-Lore Society is a collection of ballads and folk-songs from West Virginia. First published in 1925, this resource includes narrative and lyric songs that were transmitted orally, as well as popular songs from print sources. Through 186 ballads and songs and 26 folk tunes, this collection archives a range of styles and genres, from English and Scottish ballads to songs about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the opening of the American West, boat and railroad transportation, children’s play-party and dance music, and songs from African American singers, including post-Civil war popular music. The original introduction by Cox contains vibrant portraits of the singers he researched, with descriptions of performance style and details about personalities and attitudes. With a new introduction by Alan Jabbour, this reprint renews the importance of this text as a piece of scholarship, revealing Cox’s understanding of the workings of tradition across time and place and his influence upon folk-song research.

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Taming the Muskingum

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The Last Great Senator

Robert C. Byrd's Encounters with Eleven U.S. Presidents

West Virginia University Press
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Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields

The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1922 2nd Edition

West Virginia University Press
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My Pulse Is an Earthquake

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Saturday Snapshots

West Virginia University Football

West Virginia University Press, West Virginia University
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An American Phoenix

A History of Storer College from Slavery to Desegregation 1865-1955, Commemorative Edition

West Virginia University Press, Storer College Books
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Isidorean Perceptions of Order

The Exeter Book Riddles and Medieval Latin Enigmata

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Riding on Comets

A Memoir

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Robert C. Byrd

Child of the Appalachian Coalfields

West Virginia University Press
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Magnetic North

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press

In Magnetic North an aging warrior and his best friend—perhaps his only friend—ride motorcycles to Alaska, with the ultimate goal of riding to the Arctic Circle. It is a ride that mirrors their lives, a ride that causes old stories, old trials, old darkness to come, once again, through the spinning wheels of the machines they are riding.

Morgan is a man who can't give it up. His propensity toward violence has followed him through all the days of his life, and it follows him now.

Slade has shared much of Morgan's life, and he has been the one of the rare stabilizing factors in that life. Without Slade, it is clear that Morgan has no guidance, no goals, and no potential for living much longer than his next encounter with . . . almost anything.

And so the two old friends ride out from New Mexico and Colorado—heading north.

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Cinco Becknell

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Stuttering Meets Sterotype, Stigma, and Discrimination

An Overview of Attitude Research

West Virginia University Press, West Virginia University
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A Room of Rain

West Virginia University Press, Vandalia Press
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Uncle Abner

Master of Mysteries

West Virginia University Press, West Virginia Classics

First published in 1918, Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries is an anthology of detective stories written by Melville Davisson Post. The popular stories within this collection were serialized in national magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post in the early 20th century.

Uncle Abner is an amateur detective in present-day Harrison County, West Virginia. Throughout his journeys around this antebellum wilderness, long before the nation had a proper police system, the honest Uncle Abner is confronted by murders and mysteries that cannot be ignored. With uncanny intuition, impressive logic, and keen observation of human actions, Uncle Abner is Melville Davisson Post’s most celebrated literary creation and is considered to be one of the most important texts in American detective and crime fiction.

This new edition contains an introduction by Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire novels. 

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Community Effects of Leadership Development Education

Citizen Empowerment for Civic Engagement

West Virginia University Press
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Thunder on the Mountain

Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets behind Big Coal

West Virginia University Press
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California Dreaming

Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State

West Virginia University Press

At the turn of the 20th century, the California dream was a suburban ideal where life on the farm was exceptional. Agrarian virtue existed alongside good roads, social clubs, cultural institutions, and business commerce. The California suburban dream was the ultimate symbol of progress and modernity.
 
California Dreaming: Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State analyzes the growth, promotion, and agricultural colonization that fed this dream during the early 1900s. Through this analysis, Paul J. P. Sandul introduces a newly identified rural-suburban type: the agriburb, a rural suburb deliberately planned, developed, and promoted for profit. Sandul reconceptualizes California’s growth during this time period, establishing the agriburb as a suburban phenomenon that occurred long before the booms of the 1920s and 1950s.
 
Sandul’s analysis contributes to a new suburban history that includes diverse constituencies and geographies and focuses on the production and construction of place and memory. Boosters purposefully “harvested” suburbs with an eye toward direct profit and metropolitan growth. State boosters boasted of unsurpassable idyllic communities while local boosters bragged of communities that represented the best of the best, both using narratives of place, class, race, lifestyle, and profit to avow images of the rural and suburban ideal.

This suburban dream attracted people who desired a family home, nature, health, culture, refinement, and rural virtue. In the agriburb, a family could live on a small home grove while enjoying the perks of a progressive city. A home located within the landscape of natural California with access to urban amenities provided a good place to live and a way to gain revenue through farming.
 
To uncover and dissect the agriburb, Sandul focuses on local histories from California’s Central Valley and the Inland Empire of Southern California, including Ontario near Los Angeles and Orangevale and Fair Oaks outside Sacramento. His analysis closely operates between the intersections of history, anthropology, geography, sociology, and the rural and urban, while examining a metanarrative that exposes much about the nature and lasting influence of cultural memory and public history upon agriburban communities.

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Beowulf and the Grendel-Kin

Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England

West Virginia University Press
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The Colonel's Dream

West Virginia University Press

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932) was an African American writer, essayist, Civil Rights activist, legal-stenography businessman, and lawyer whose novels and short stories explore race, racism, and the problematic contours of African Americans’ social and cultural identities in post-Civil War South. He was the first African American to be published by a major American publishing house and served as a beacon-point for future African American writers. 

The Colonel’s Dream, written in 1905, is a compelling tale of the post-Civil War South’s degeneration into a region awash with virulent racist practices against African Americans: segregation, lynchings, disenfranchisement, convict-labor exploitation, and endemic violent repression. The events in this novel are powerfully depicted from the point of view of a philanthropic but unreliable southern white colonel. Upon his return to the South, the colonel learns to abhor this southern world, as a tale of vicious racism unfolds. Throughout this narrative, Chesnutt confronts the deteriorating position of African Americans in an increasingly hostile South. Upon its publication The Colonel’s Dream was considered too controversial and unpalatable because of its bitter criticisms of southern white prejudice and northern indifference, and so this groundbreaking story failed to gain public attention and acclaim. 

This is the first scholarly edition of The Colonel’s Dream. It includes an introduction and notes by R. J. Ellis and works to reestablish this great novel’s reputation. 

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