I have been asking authors for over 10 years to write a short history of Richmond. I’m, like, PLEASE! I NEED THIS BOOK! I COULD SELL SO MANY! In late December 2016, I wearily made the same request of Guy and Jack, even though they were at the shop promoting a political book. I had just been asking everyone at that point, even novelists. To my utter shock they said, “Okay?”. I said, “Great! I need it for next Christmas!” Boy did they deliver! I love this book! It’s exactly what I wanted! You will want one too. Don’t worry, I’ve put them back to work for another book you didn’t know you wanted for next year!— Kelly
The seven hills at the James River fall line that Captain John Smith first witnessed in 1607 became the site of a pivotal American city. Richmond was a birthplace of the American Revolution. It became the permanent capital of Virginia and served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. In the early twentieth century, industry expanded in the city as companies like DuPont and Philip Morris built factories. Cultural institutions expanded, with Richmond's first radio station and movie theater opening in the 1920s, before the Great Depression hit the city hard. The city rose from financial struggle to a highly industrialized center for manufacturing and vital transportation hub. Join authors Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell as they narrate the rich history of the River City.