Stories of the Susquehanna Book Series

Book Series Editors: Katherine Faull and Alfred Siewers

Interview with the editors

This book series, with accompanying digital materials, develops interdisciplinary and multimedia approaches to the concept of region, place, and ethics in environmental studies. While including a range of disciplines — from sciences and social sciences to literature and philosophy — “Stories of the Susquehanna Valley” articulates narratives of an eco-region that played a formative role in the early republic, and which today provides potential models for more environmentally sustainable approaches to human community.

One of the oldest rivers in the world, the Susquehanna watershed stretches from the headwaters of its main stem at Lake Otsego in New York to the Chesapeake Bay, and from the Amish heartland of Lancaster County to the highlands of central Pennsylvania. As the center of the Eastern Woodlands it was home to Chief Shikellamy and to lands still sacred to varied Native American peoples. As a frontier it was the home of early utopian projects of Moravians, Quakers and Mormons, early industrialists, and writers and thinkers on nature such as James and Susan Fenimore Cooper and Joseph Priestley.

The series highlights narratives of Native Americans in the region, of early cultural exchange between Natives and Europeans, of river towns and coal towns, of early mills as an impetus toward industrialization, of the watershed’s natural history, and of literary definitions of North American nature emanating from the Susquehanna frontier.

Titles in the series:

  • David Minderhout, ed., Native Americans in the Susquehanna Valley: Past and Present.
  • Janet MacGaffey, Coal Dust on Your Feet: Living through Prosperity and Decline in an Anthracite Mining Town.

This series has now been discontinued.