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This autobiography follows West Virginia senator Robert C. Byrd’s experiences from his boyhood in the early 1920s to his election in 2000, which won him an unprecedented eighth term in the Senate. Within these pages, Senator Byrd offers commentary on national and international events that occurred throughout his long life in public service. 

His journey from the hardscrabble coalfields to the marbled halls of Congress has inspired generations of people in West Virginia and throughout the nation. From reading the stories of the Founding Fathers as a young boy by the light of a kerosene lamp to the swearing of an oath for more than a half-century to guard the US Constitution, Senator Byrd’s life is legendary. 

Until his death on June 28, 2010, Byrd stood by his principles, earning the affection of the people of his home state and the respect of Americans from all walks of life. With his beloved Erma ever by his side, Robert C. Byrd never forgot his roots, harkening back to those early lessons that he learned as a child of the Appalachian coalfields.

This new paperback edition includes a foreword by Gaston Caperton, governor of West Virginia from 1989–1997.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword to the Paperback Edition
  2. By Governor Caperton
  3. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. Child of the Appalachian Coalfields
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. The Depression Years
  2. pp. 20-40
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  1. 3. A Political Career Begins
  2. pp. 41-55
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  1. 4. Mr. Byrd Goes to Washington
  2. pp. 56-66
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  1. 5. Around the World in Sixty-Six Days
  2. pp. 67-92
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  1. 6. Excelsior!
  2. pp. 93-113
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  1. 7. The Sapling Grows Tall
  2. pp. 114-159
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  1. 8. Stormy Waters
  2. pp. 160-193
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  1. 9. Climbing the Leadership Ladder
  2. pp. 194-233
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  1. 10. A Visit to Russia
  2. pp. 234-246
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  1. 11. Muddy Waters
  2. pp. 247-295
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  1. 12. A Supreme Court Nomination?
  2. pp. 296-311
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  1. 13. Building West Virginia Piece by Piece
  2. pp. 312-342
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  1. 14. The Old Order Changeth
  2. pp. 343-376
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  1. 15. The Top Rung—Majority Leader (1977)
  2. pp. 377-413
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  1. 16. Second Fiddle
  2. pp. 414-445
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  1. 17. Back in the Saddle Again
  2. pp. 446-467
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  1. 18. Elected President Pro Tempore
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  1. 19. A Hand on the Purse Strings
  2. pp. 473-509
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  1. 20. Building a New West Virginia
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  1. 21. West Virginia on the Go
  2. pp. 533-556
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  1. 22. Bits and Pieces
  2. pp. 557-568
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  1. 23. Building a Twenty-First Century West Virginia
  2. pp. 569-595
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  1. 24. The Winds of Change
  2. pp. 596-613
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  1. 25. The Tide Ebbs
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  1. 26. Full Circle
  2. pp. 643-663
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  1. 27. The Return of the Native
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  1. 28. Dribs and Drabs
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  1. 29. Line-Item Veto Struck Down
  2. pp. 697-714
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  1. 30. In the Heat of Battle
  2. pp. 715-750
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  1. 31. Semper Fidelis
  2. pp. 751-770
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 771-772
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 773-820
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 821
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  1. Image gallery
  2. pp. 822-853
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781940425566
Related ISBN
9781940425542
MARC Record
OCLC
908389283
Pages
868
Launched on MUSE
2015-05-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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