By Katrina M. Powell
With the Commonwealth of Virginia's Public Park Condemnation Act of 1928, the
nation surveyed for and purchased 3 thousand tracts of land that will turn 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 positioned below the auspices of the nationwide Park
carrier. brought on by way of the condemnation in their land, the citizens begun writing letters to
nationwide Park and different executive officers to barter their rights and to request various
companies, estate, and harvests. ordinarily represented within the well known media as lawless,
illiterate, and incompetent, those mountaineers end up themselves differently during this poignant
selection of letters. The background advised through 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 records in Luray, Virginia, which used to be opened in brief to
the general public from 2000 to 2002, yet then closed because of loss of investment. this option of roughly
a hundred and fifty of those letters, of their entirety, makes those files on hand back not just to the
public but in addition to students, researchers, and others drawn 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, pictures, annotation, and oral histories that additional rfile 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