History

Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation, by John Inscoe, 2005. Includes at least two contributions specific to WV.

African Americans of Jefferson County, by the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, 2009. Part of the Arcadia Publishing series, chiefly illustrations.

African-American Life in Preston County, by Nancy Jane Copney, 1999.
Part of the Arcadia Publishing series, chiefly illustrations.

An American Phoenix: A History of Storer College from Slavery to Desegregation, 1865-1955, Commemorative Edition, by Dawne Raines Burke, 2015

Black Coal Miners in America: Race, Class, and Community Conflict, 1780-1980, by Ronald Lewis, 2009

Black Workers: A Documentary History from Colonial Times to the Present, ed. by Philip S. Foner and Ronald L. Lewis, originally in 8 volumes, 1978-1984, paperback – abridged, 1988 First documentary work to include substantial material on free Black workers.

Black Past, by James D. Randall and Anna Evans Gilmer, 1989

Blacks in Appalachia, ed. by William H. turner and Edward J. Cabbell, 1985.
Includes contributions from West Virginians, Carter Woodson and David A. Corbin.

Book Reviews, Book Notes, & Periodical Literature, in WV History, Volume 53 (1994), pp. 133-178See notes on West Virginia: Critical Essays on the Literature, ed. by Ronald L. Lewis and John C. Hennen, Jr., with essay by Joe W. Trotter on the state’s black history.

Campus Unrest, A Case Study in Conflict Resolution, by Charles Lee Samuels, 1970. Referenced on the Bluefield State Library website.

Celebrating our roots: origins of Black families in West Virginia, compiled and ed. b Elsie Mae Davis, 1976.

Coal, Class, and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-32, By Joe W. Trotter, 1990
Highly rated study of the migration of African Americans to the southern coalfields, including the role of the mine companies in a time of segregation and racism. Trotter grew up in Mingo County and is a professor of history and social justice at Carnegie Mellon. See also review by Ronald L. Lewis in WV History, Volume 51 (1992), pp. 99-153: http://www.wvculture.org/history/journal_wvh/wvh51-7.html

Coal, Iron, and Slaves: Industrial Slavery in Maryland and Virginia, 1715-1865, by Ronald Lewis, 1979
A comprehensive history of black coal miners in America, with a focus on defining the patters of race relations that prevailed among the miners.

Culture, Class and Politics in Modern Appalachia: Essays in honor of Ronald L. Lewis, ed. by Jennifer Egolf, Ken Fones-Wolf, and Louis C. Martin, 2009.
Essays include: “Separate But Never Equal: Dewey W. Fox and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Age of Jim Crow,” and “Depression, Recovery, Instability: The NRA and the McDowell County, West Virginia Coal Industry, 1920-1938.” Fones-Wolf is Professor of History and Lewis is Emeritus Professor of History at WVU.

East Africa: An Introductory History, 3rd and Revised Edition, by Robert M. Maxon, August 2009
A history professor at WVU, Maxon surveys East Africa’s political, economic, and social history from pre-colonial to modern times.

Hands on the freedom plow: personal accounts by women in SNCC, 2010. One of the co-editors was Faith S. Holsaert, who lived in Charleston.

History of the West Virginia State Teachers’ Association, by Ancella R. Bickley, 1979

Honoring our past: Proceedings of the first two conferences on West Virginia’s Black history, ed. by Joe William Trotter, Jr. and Ancella Radford Bickley, 1991.

In spite of obstacles: a history of the West Virginia Schools for the Colored Deaf and Blind, 1926-1955, by Ancella R. Bickley, 2001

Not a Story to be Told: Discourse, Race, and Myth in Huntington, West Virginia Newspapers, 1872-1972, by Dolores M. Johnson, 1995.
No direct link on web. Published in Indiana, PA, 1995, GC975.402 H92jo

Old South, New South, or Down South?: Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, ed. by Irvin D. S. Winsboro, November 2009
Published by WVU Press. This collection of nine essays reconceptualizes the civil rights legacy of Florida.

On Jordan’s Banks: Emancipation and its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley, by Darrel E. Bigham, 2014
Focuses on communities, including small towns, on both sides of the Ohio River that developed as a consequence of the Civil War, and the effects of the presence or absence of slavery and its abolition.

Other references include: “From Black to White: The Transition of Bluefield State College from an Historically Black College to a Predominantly White Institution,” by H. Randall Poole, PhD dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989.

Our Monongalia: A History of African Americans in Monongalia County, West Virginia, by Connie P. Rice, 1998. Rice is a professor of history at WVU and co-editor of Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism.

Our Mount Vernons: historic register listings of sites significant to the black history of West Virginia, ed. by Ancella R. Bickley for the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc. and Marshall University Drinko Academy; 1997. Reviewed in Book Notes, West Virginia History, Volume 58 (1997), pp. 160-68. Includes sites that have National Register status and potential nominees, with photographs and bibliographies.

“Race, River, and the Railroad: Black Huntington, West Virginia, 1871-1929,”  dissertation for Graduate Program in History, Ohio State University, 2009 “A study of Huntington’s black population provides insight into the adaptive techniques and strategies – the strength of kin and social networks, gainful employment, institutional development, property acquisition, and legal challenges – used to confront the manifestations of segregation in an evolving urban-industrial southern environment.” (from abstract)

River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley, by Joe Trotter Jr., 1998
Trotter considers several cities and compares their economic conditions, demographic makeup, and political and cultural conditions, from the arrival of the first blacks to the time when the book was written. Trotter grew up in Mingo County and is a professor of history and social justice at Carnegie Mellon. View this list of his publications. 

“Slavery in Present West Virginia in 1860,” by Barbara Louise Emmerth, WV History, Volume 21, Number 4 (July 1960), pp. 275-277.

“Storer College: A Hope for Redemption in the Shadow of Slavery, 1865-1955,” by Dawne Raines Burke, dissertation for PhD in Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2004
A history of Storer College, founded in Harpers Ferry by the Free Will Baptists, a northern denomination under the aegis of the Northern Baptist Convention, who believed that education should be the primary focus for improving freedmen in the Shenandoah Valley. Burke also has degrees from Shepherd University and WVU and serves as professor of education at Shepherd.

Storer College page, National Park Service website on Harpers Ferry, with links to oration by Frederick Douglass on the subject of John Brown in 1881. You can read stirring excerpts of his speech too.

A study of the effects of teaching a unit on black culture to classes of predominantly white high school students, by Ancella R. Bickley, dissertation in English, WVU, 1974

The Hawk’s Nest Incident: America’s Worst Industrial Disaster, by Martin Cherniack, M.D., 1989

The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream, by Teresa S. Moyer and Paul A. Shackel, 2008
Focuses on how the attempted slave revolt by John Brown in 1859 was used as the nucleus for interpretation of the current national park. Reviews point to this as a rich and nuanced textbook for working with historic sites. Shackel served as an archaeologist at the park before teaching at the University of Maryland, where Moyer was a research assistant.

The Other Slaves: Mechanics, artisans, and craftsmen, ed. by James E. Newton and Ronald L. Lewis, 1978

“The Transition of a Historically Black College to a Predominantly White Institution,” by Ruth Payne Brown, University of Maryland Libraries, 2003. Thesis built on the author’s earlier study of Bluefield State College.

Transnational West Virginia: “Ethnic Communities and Economic Change, 1840-1940, ed. by Ken Fones-Wolf and Ronald L. Lewis, 2004
Includes coverage of black migration to Southern WV.

Underground Railroad in Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia, by William J. Switala, 2004
Maps; impact of geography, transportation, free blacks, and members of religious congregations; information on modern roads and landmarks, and anecdotes and reconstructions.

Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism, ed. by Connie Park Rice and Marie Tedesco, 2015.
Addresses diversity of women’s lives in the mountain south. Rice is a professor of history at WVU and author of Our Monongalia: A History of African Americans in Monongalia Count, WV.