By Katrina M. Powell
With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the
kingdom surveyed for and bought 3 thousand tracts of land that will develop into Shenandoah
nationwide Park. The Commonwealth condemned the houses of 5 hundred households in order that their land
might be "donated" to the government and put lower than the auspices of the nationwide Park
carrier. triggered by means of the condemnation in their land, the citizens started writing letters to
nationwide Park and different executive officers to barter their rights and to request various
providers, estate, and harvests. commonly represented within the well known media as lawless,
illiterate, and incompetent, those mountaineers turn out themselves in a different way during this poignant
number of letters. The heritage instructed via the citizens themselves either provides to and counters
the tale that's regularly authorised approximately them.
These letters are
housed within the Shenandoah nationwide Park files in Luray, Virginia, which used to be opened in short to
the general public from 2000 to 2002, yet then closed because of loss of investment. this option of roughly
one hundred fifty of those letters, of their entirety, makes those records on hand back not just to the
public but in addition to students, researchers, and others attracted to the region's background, in the
politics of the park, and within the family tree of the households. Supplementing the letters are
introductory textual content, images, annotation, and oral histories that extra record the lives
of those individuals.
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"Answer at Once": Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, 1934-1938 by Katrina M. Powell