This history of Newport News is about a new city in a new century--the twentieth century--with attention to the importance to the first years after incorporation to the nascent years of the twenty-first century.
There is little argument that the twentieth century was "America's century," a time of incredible growth, innovation and prosperity across the country, despite depression and war, and the dichotomy of black and white, poverty and wealth that marked the highs and lows of Newport News' twentieth century experience.
The consistent threads that weave the Newport News story still hinge on the imagination, ambition and achievement of Collis Huntington; what he started at the end of the nineteenth century became a powerhouse in the twentieth.
About the Author
To those who know Amy Waters Yarsinske, it's no surprise that this award-winning Renaissance woman became a writer. She learned at an early age that self-expression had to be forceful, accurate and relevant; it is this drive to document and investigate history-shaping stories and people has already led to over 60 nonfiction books spotlighting current affairs, the military, history and the environment. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Non-fiction for An American in the Basement (Trine Day, 2013). Yarsinske received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and her Master of Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where she was a DuPont Fellow.