The West Virginia University Press announced today (April 24) the release of the inaugural issue in the new series ofWest Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies,Volume 1, edited by Drs. Ronald L. Lewis and Ken Fones-Wolf. Both Lewis and Fones-Wolf are faculty members in WVU s Department of History.

Since 1939, West Virginia History has been the premier source of scholarship and research on the history of the Mountain State.

Now published in a new series by the WVU Press,West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studieswill have two issues a year�€in the spring and fall�€and will continue to cover the political, social, economic and cultural history of the state and its regional context.

The inaugural issue contains 14 book reviews and three articles, includingContinuity in the Midst of Change: Work and Environment for West Virginia Mountaineersby Chad Montrie;Red-Baiting Senator Harley Kilgore in the Election of 1952: The Limits of McCarthyism during the Second Red Scareby James Smith; andBig Band Jazz in Black West Virginia: 1930-1942by Christopher Wilkinson.

The first offering in the newNotes and Documentssection is the Lincoln Reminiscence Manuscript in the Francis Harrison Pierpont Papers, transcribed and edited by Michael R. Ridderbusch of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection, WVU Libraries.

To subscribe toWest Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studiesor for more information, call 1-800-WVUPRESS (988-7737).