My 50 States 50 Stories Project

My 50 States 50 Stories Project

At the suggestion of a reader (the only reader, I suspect) of my never-increasing blog’s fan base, I’m updating information on this project with a link to the stories/books in the project.

A little more than a year ago I came up with the idea of finding a story online for each U.S. state.  I used Gutenberg.org as my main source, as I wanted to use copyright free material.  I ended up also using archive.org, so not every item on the list is copyright free – but most are.  I thought it would be fun to download each story, then compile them into one document.  Well, that was too cumbersome, so I realized it would be best to just make a link to each title.

It wasn’t long before I abandoned any preconceived notions I had of what subjects I might find and use – fiction or non-fiction.  Several times I found more than one item that I liked for each state.  I picked just one for this project, then kept the other link (or more) for my own, future reading interest.

So far I’ve only read a few of the items in this project, but I do plan to read the rest of them.  Of course I also plan to read a lot of the hardbacks and paperbacks I already have, plus the ebooks that I download, and LibriVox audiobooks and such.  Any person who loves to read knows what I’m talking about.

Anyway, here is my list for my “50 States 50 Projects”

Thanks for the suggestion, Maria!

Alabama: Alabama: A Belle of the Fifties Memoirs of Mrs. Clay, of Alabama, covering social and political life in Washington and the South, 1853-66 by Ada Sterling
Alaska:  Alaska: Cold Ghost by Chester S. Geier, Science Fiction Author
Arizona:  An Arizona Etude from Tales from the X Bar Horse Camp by Will C. Barnes
Arkansas:  Arkansas Slave Narratives  A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Typewritten records prepared by the federal writers’ project 1936-1938: Assembled by the Library of Congress Work Projects Administration for the District of Columbia, sponsored by the Library of Congress Washington 1941
California:  A True Incident of the San Francisco Earthquake from Stories Worth Rereading 1913
“Stories Worth Rereading” can be obtained only as a premium with the Youth’s Instructor, a sixteen-page weekly, published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association, Takoma Park, Washington, D. C.
Colorado:  The Denver Express By A. A. Hayes  From “Belgravia” for January, 1884
Connecticut:  The Farm Sunday from The Jonathan Papers By Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
Delaware:  Romances of Early America A Belle of Delaware: Miss Vining of Wilmington and Dover
Florida:  The Exiles of Florida by Joshua R. Giddings
Georgia:  Reconstruction Period in Georgia 1865-72 by United daughters of the confederacy. Georgia division. Bulloch County chapter, Statesboro
Hawaii:  The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii by Jack London
Idaho:  Behind Gray Walls by P. C. Murphy
Illinois:  A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht
Indiana:  The weekly Republican., March 02, 1911 Article “Develops Daredevils – Driving Autos in Traffic Makes Great Race Pilots” references the first upcoming Indianapolis 500 race
Iowa: Prairie Gold by Iowa Press and Authors’ Club
Kansas: A Little Kansas Leaven from Short Stories of the New America by Dorothy Canfield
Kentucky: Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall
Louisiana: Strange, True Tales of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
Maine: The Exodus of the Loyalists from Penobscot to Passamaquoddy by Wilbur Henry Siebert
Maryland: The Fugitive Blacksmith by James W. C. Pennington
Massachusetts: Sketches from Concord and Appledore By Frank Preston Stearns
Michigan: The Skeleton on Round Island from Mackinac and Lake Stories By Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Minnesota: Robber and Hero; the Story of the Raid on the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota, by the James-Younger Band of Robbers, in 1876. by George Huntington
Mississippi: Letters of a Badger Boy in Blue: The Vicksburg Campaign by Chauncey H. Cooke
Missouri: The Wild Bandits of the Border: A Thrilling Story of the Adventures and Exploits of Frank and Jesse James, Missouri’s Twin Wraiths of Robbery and Murder Published by Laird & Lee, Chicago
Montana: The Vigilantes of Montana, or, Popular Justice in the Rocky Mountains  by Thomas Josiah Dimsdale
Nebraska: Poems and Sketches of Nebraska by Addison Erwin Sheldon
Nevada: Nevada Sketches by Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) from “The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X” edited by Marshall Pinckney Wildner
New Hampshire: The Devil’s Disiciple by George Bernard Shaw
New Jersey: Pilot Lore from Sail to Steam  by United New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Associations
New Mexico: Trinity (Atomic Test) Site By the National Atomic Museum
New York: Lights and Shadows of New York Life; or, the Sights and Sensations of a Great City by James D. McCabe
North Carolina: Literature in the Albemarle by Bettie Freshwater Pool
North Dakota: Prairie Smoke: A Collection of Lore of the Prairies by Melvin Randolph Gilmore
Ohio: Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Oklahoma: The Romance of Oklahoma by Oklahoma Authors Club
Oregon: Two Years in Oregon by Wallis Nash
Pennsylvania: Short Stories from Studies of Life in Southwestern Pennsylvania by Frank Cowan
Rhode Island: Reminiscences of Two Years with the Colored Troops By Joshua M. Addeman
South Carolina: My Life in the South by Jacob Stroyer
South Dakota: Sioux Indian Courts by Doane Robinson
Tennessee: The Raid of the Guerilla and Other Stories by Charles Egbert Craddock
Texas: The Trail Drivers of Texas by John Marvin Hunter
Utah: Dinosaur National Monument of Colorado and Utah by John M. Good, Theodore E. White and Gilbert F. Stucker
Vermont: Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
Virginia: The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line, and Selected Essays by Charles Waddell Chesnutt
Washington: The Forests of Washington, from “Steep Trails”  by John Muir
West Virginia Civil War in West Virginia: A Story of the Industrial Conflict in the Coal Mines by Winthrop D. Lane
Wisconsin Stories of the Badger State by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Wyoming Bill Hosokawa: One Man’s Struggle Inside Heart Mountain, a Japanese Internment Camp Interviewed by Mark Junge

 

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