American History

Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (Images of America) by Karen J. Hall

Posted On February 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm by / Comments Off on Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (Images of America) by Karen J. Hall

By Karen J. Hall


The Blue Ridge freeway begun as a dream within the overdue 1800s and have become fact in 1983 whilst the 469-mile scenic road used to be completed.

Construction of the Blue Ridge expressway all started in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob. Heavy building was once performed via contractors who received bids for different initiatives alongside a number of sections of the freeway. Civilian Conservation Corps troops took care of the roadsides, landscaping, and constitution building.

As a part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, this venture was once meant to supply jobs through the region.

Images of the USA: construction the Blue Ridge Parkway comprises nearly two hundred building pictures of the Blue Ridge expressway.

Show description

Read or Download Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (Images of America) PDF

Best american history books

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (America in the King Years, Volume 1)

Fortunately submitting a request for this retail ePub!

Hailed because the such a lot masterful tale ever instructed of the yankee civil rights circulate, Parting the Waters is destined to suffer for generations. relocating from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr. , to the corridors of Camelot the place the Kennedy brothers weighed calls for for justice opposed to the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here's a vibrant tapestry of the USA, torn and at last reworked by way of a innovative fight unequaled because the Civil conflict. Taylor department offers an unsurpassed portrait of King's upward thrust to greatness and illuminates the lovely braveness and personal clash, the offers, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that decided background at the back of closed doorways, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and during siege and homicide. Epic in scope and impression, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of many nation's most important passages.

Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War

Many american citizens, argues Michael C. C. Adams, are inclined to consider the Civil conflict as extra wonderful, much less lousy, than the truth. hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to battlefields every year as holiday locations, their perceptions of the struggle frequently formed by way of reenactors who work flat out for verisimilitude yet who can't eventually simulate mutilation, insanity, continual affliction, complex actual decay.

Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons

Thomas Nast (1840–1902), the founder of American political cartooning, is likely to be most sensible recognized for his cartoons portraying political events because the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Nast’s legacy additionally encompasses a trove of different political cartoons, his profitable assault at the computing device politics of Tammany corridor in 1871, and his wildly renowned illustrations of Santa Claus for Harper’s Weekly journal.

Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is without doubt one of the such a lot recognizable monuments on this planet, a robust image of freedom and the yank dream. for many years, the parable has endured that the statue was once a grand reward from France, yet now Liberty's Torch finds how she used to be actually the puppy venture of 1 quixotic and visionary French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

Additional resources for Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (Images of America)

Example text

The dog travois, which had been in use on the plains for more than a thousand years, consisted of two slender poles that crossed at the dog’s front shoulders and dragged behind. The load, whether firewood, tepee, or child, sat on crosspieces attached to the poles. Pack dogs gave the Cheyennes great mobility as they moved their villages to follow the movement of the buffalo herds. In the last quarter of the seventeenth century most of the tribe moved southwest to the valleys of the Cheyenne and White Rivers (present-day South Dakota), which is where the first white explorers found them.

At this point the post existed only in Vérendrye’s imagination, but building it and using it as a jumping-off point for exploration was part of the grand plan. Vérendrye departed Montreal on June 18, 1738, with about twenty men under contract (engagés) and his sons, Pierre, François, and Louis-Joseph. It was a leisurely trip, with stops to inspect each post along the way. He reached the farthest outpost, Fort Maurepas, on September 22 and 44 explorers and fur traders found it garrisoned by fourteen men.

With all the meandering, it took forty-six days to reach the first Mandan village (Vérendrye would make future trips in half the time), and the season was too far advanced for further exploration. The Mandans Vérendrye encountered were a total surprise. For a decade, since interviewing a Mandan captive at Fort Kaministiquia, Vérendrye had been quarrying information on the Missouri River tribe. All informants had agreed that the tribe’s villages were constructed on the riverbank. 46 explorers and fur traders In addition, the Assiniboines, who had extensive trade with the Mandans, claimed that the Missouri River tribe was much like the French themselves — of light skin, some with reddish hair, and given to farming.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.23 of 5 – based on 33 votes