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Foreword by Brent D. Glass, Executive Director, PHMC Preface; Introduction: Why Should We Care about; Pennsylvania History? Part I: The History; 1. The First Pennsylvanians by Daniel K. Richter (University of Pennsylvania); 2. Encounter and Experiment: The Colonial Period by Susan Klepp (Temple University); 3. The Promise of Revolution: 1750-1800 by William Pencak; 4. Building Democratic Communities: 1800-1850 by Emma Lapsansky (Haverford College); 5. Civil Wars: 1850-1900 by Walter Licht (University of Pennsylvania); 6. Reforming the Commonwealth: 1900-1950 by David R. Contosta (Chestnut Hill College); 7. The Post-Industrial Age: 1950-2000 by Philip Jenkins (Penn State University); Epilogue: The Making and Unmaking of the Pennsylvanian Empire by Michael Zuckerman (University of Pennsylvania); Part II: Ways to Pennsylvania's Past; 8. Geography by Wilbur Zelinsky; (Penn State University); 9. Architecture by Richard J. Webster; (West Chester University); 10. Archaeology by Verna L. Cowin; (Carnegie Museum of Natural History); 11. Folklore and Folklife by Simon J. Bronner; (Penn State University, Harrisburg); 12. Genealogy by James M. Beidler; (Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania); 13. Photography by Linda Ries; (The Pennsylvania State Archives); 14. Art by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak; 15. Oral History by Linda Shopes (PHMC); 16. Literature by David Demarest; (Carnegie Mellon University); Appendix; Select Bibliography; List of Contributors; Index

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Randall M. Miller is William Dirk Warren '50 Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University and President of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. William Pencak is Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University and Editor of Pennsylvania History, the journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

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Pennsylvanians have made their commonwealth central to the political, economic, and cultural life and history of the nation. Editors Miller (president, Pennsylvania Historical Assn.; history, St. Joseph's Univ., and an LJ reviewer) and Pencak (history, Pennsylvania State Univ.) and 15 contributors show how Pennsylvanians have "used and occupied the land, created and built communities, organized work and production and made and remade Pennsylvania as a place and an idea." Part 1, "The History," narrates Pennsylvanians from prehistoric times through the Colonial, Revolutionary, Civil War, and industrial eras to our post-industrial world. In Part 2, "Ways to Pennsylvania's Past," scholars treat the reader to the fascinating ways archaeology, architecture, art, folklore, genealogy, geography, literature, oral history, and photography have enriched our understanding of the "Keystone State." Twenty-five years since the publication of the last standard history, the editors present a new history that inspires readers to uncover their own stories. With suggested readings and a bibliography, this thoroughly enjoyable work will appeal to both lay readers and specialists. Highly recommended for area academic, public, and high school libraries.-Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

From Quaker rule to the devastating decline of the steel industry, Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth chronicles political, cultural and economic developments that have shaped the Keystone State. Edited by Saint Joseph's University history professor Randall M. Miller and William Pencak, a historian at Pennsylvania State University, this lucid and comprehensive history includes contributions from archivists, historians and other academics on such subjects as the state's role in the Underground Railroad and the folklore of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The first part of the handsomely illustrated volume is a straightforward chronological history, while the second is divided into thematic chapters on such subjects as the geography, archeology and literature of the state. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"A new history that inspires readers to uncover their own stories. With suggested readings and a bibliography, this thoroughly enjoyable work will appeal to both lay readers and specialists. Highly recommended for area academic, public and high school libraries."--Charles L. Lumpkins, Library Journal


"Nearly a decade in the making, this weighty tome is one for which historians--avocational and professional--have been waiting! Essays by contributors representing various disciplines and fields make Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth well worth the wait."--Pennsylvania Heritage


"The editors, authors and publishers are to be congratulated for producing such a challenging and handsome product. This volume should find a home in schools, colleges, universities and public libraries. It could be useful to the scholar and layperson alike. Miller and Pencak have performed a signal service to anyone who wants a starting place to learn about Pennsylvania."--Jack Susskind, PCSS Newsletter


"The editors have chosen a way to present ourselves to ourselves and do it painlessly. If you are worried about being pummeled with names and dates, rest assured there's more to Pennsylvania than that, as the parade of pages proves."--David Sallinger, McKeesport Daily News


"With suggested readings and a bibliography, this thoroughly enjoyable work will appeal to both lay readers and specialists. Highly recommended for area academic, public, and high school libraries."--Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State University


"This book is not like any other history of Pennsylvania you have ever seen. This is an engagingly-written, profusely-illustrated presentation of the latest academic thinking about the history of the Keystone State, as viewed within the expanded perspective of the nation's history."--Jack Brubaker, Lancaster New Era


"Pennsylvania offers a rich array of people and events to consider. It is quite simply a magnificent book, worthy of the Keystone State's past and of vital importance to its future. In its pages, the quiet, industrious heroes and heroines of Pennsylvania--who did indeed make William Penn's colony 'the seed of a nation'--come alive once more. . . . Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth combines a innovative format, perceptive scholarship, and a compelling literary style."--Ed Voves, Philadelphia Inquirer


"This comprehensive history of Pennsylvania is truly the new social history. Essential for students and educators, anyone interested in understanding the community where they live will enjoy this book."--Mary Dabney, Germantown Crier


"An honest and engaging portrait of Pennsylvania's path to the present. At some point in the distant past--I think it was the Antepaterno Era--I sat through a required high school course in Pennsylvania history.All I remember is that the teacher was a pimply faced, overweight young man from Shippensburg State Teachers College, as it was called in those days. Or was it Bloomsburg?His teaching, however, made no impression on me. The glories of the commonwealth remained as dull and uninteresting as a map of Sullivan County.For all I cared, Philadelphia was in western New Jersey, Pittsburghers thought about Harrisburg only when their driver's license expired and the rest of the state was just a colder version of Georgia. And the state bird is not the mascot of the Eagles, but the ruffed grouse.Enter the Penn State University Press and its handsome new 600-page history of the Keystone State, aided by the state's Historical and Museums Commission.Unlike the usual texts, of which my unremarkable high school volume was a part, this one endeavors to engage readers so that they can experience the state's past in their own ways.That's the intent of Part II, "Ways to Pennsylvania's Past," as explained in the preface. This section views the state by its various physical and cultural characteristics, including a chapter on Pennsylvania's literature by Dave Demarest of Carnegie Mellon University. It provides raw material for historical sleuths to start their own investigations.Part I--"The History"--has straightforward chapters beginning with the earliest residents who even then were denied not only lottery sales, but the chance to buy wine on Sunday.Concluding Part I is an essay, 'The Making and Unmaking of the Pennsylvania Empire, ' by Michael Zuckerman of the University of Pennsylvania. He infuses his commentary with the observation that: 'To the end of the 19th century, the Commonwealth gave America the icons that bespoke its soul, such as the log cabin . . . as it gave the nation the sinews that were its substance like . . . the vast preponderance of its coal and iron and steel. At the end of the 20th century, Pennsylvania led the nation in the production of mushrooms.' The state's decline to near irrelevance is painful to read and certainly unusual in a history book published by our major state university and a state agency. And, while Zuckerman does end on a muted positive note--he believes that the core of Pennsylvanians embrace the authenticity of the place--it is a strong dose of sour medicine.There is much here to feel good about, however, including abundant examples of art, architecture and photography that form the centerpiece of the book. And, William Penn knows, we could use it."--Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"Fresh perspectives for the Keystone State for a modern account of Pennsylvania's past."--Foreword Reviews


"No need to wonder when you'll have time to plow through the book. . . . Each chapter makes for a satisfying read in itself."--Sunday News


"From Quaker rule to the devastating decline of the steel industry, Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth chronicles political, cultural, and economic developments that have shaped the Keystone State. Edited by Saint Joseph's University history professor Randall M. Miller and William Pencak, a historian at Pennsylvania State University, this lucid and comprehensive history includes contributions from archivists, historians and other academics on such subjects as the state's role in the Underground Railroad and the folklore of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The first part of the handsomely illustrated volume is a straightforward chronological history, while the second is divided into thematic chapters on such subjects as the geography, archaeology and literature of the state."--Publishers Weekly


"Edited by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak, the book is a user-friendly, in-depth look at the significant people, places, institutions and events in the state's history."--Mary O. Bradley, Harrisburg Patriot News


"This fresh, interpretive history is highly recommended for its attention paid to the people of Pennsylvania and the process of historical inquiry and methodology."--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography


"Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth provides the first definitive history of the Keystone state in nearly 30 years."--Gazette News

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