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Transnational West Virginia: Ethnic Communities and Economic Change, 1840-1940 edited by Ken Fones-Wolf and Ronald L. Lewis

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Both the co-editors teach history at WVU, and the essays in this book are almost all by historians, but the word "economic" in the title reveals the importance of the workplace in the state's immigration story. Here's what the publisher, WVU Press, had to say about this book - "Transnational West Virginia includes essays and studies on immigrant networks, such as Irish workers along the B&O Railroad, Wheeling Germans in the Civil War era, Swiss immigration to West Virginia, and European Jews in Southern West Virginia. This work also covers Belgian glassworkers in West Virginia, black migration to Southern West Virginia, Italians in the Upper Kanawha Valley, Italian immigration to Marion County, Wheeling Iron and the Welsh, West Virginia and immigrant labor to 1920, Monongalia miners between the World Wars, and West Virginia rubber workers in Akron."

Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2002. 325 pages with an Index, tables, charts, figures, and photos. Trade paperback.