Haunted Histories in America
True Stories behind the Nation's Most Feared Places
by Nancy Hendricks
October 2020, 339pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6870-2
$97, 81€, A139
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6871-9
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Do you believe in ghosts? Many people do, with some claiming to have seen, heard, or felt a ghostly presence in locations such as graveyards, old theaters, mansions, or even their own historic homes.

If you believe in ghosts, you're in good company. Haunted Histories brings America's most ghostly locales to life, illuminating their role in shaping U.S. history and detailing how they became the nation's most feared places.

Haunted Histories takes readers on a state-by-state journey across the United States, exploring the nation’s most feared places. Along the way, the text introduces readers to new ghostly tales and takes a fresh look at familiar stories and locations, with an eye to history. From well-known spooky spots like Salem, Massachusetts, to such lesser-known ones as the Shanghai Tunnels of Portland, Oregon, where spirits are supposedly trapped, readers will discover not only where America’s most haunted places are but also why they are said to be haunted. The ghosts of the doomed Donner Party allow readers to experience the arduous and often deadly journey of America’s westward wagon trains, while different kinds of “spirits” haunting old distilleries allow readers to discover how whiskey almost derailed the new American nation before it was born.

This book can be studied for academic purposes as a historical reference, used as a source for classroom assignments, or simply read for the pleasure of a great story.


  • Combines entertaining ghost stories with the history that inspired them, resulting in a highly readable and informative reference text for both students and adults
  • Serves as a well-researched and useful resource for teachers seeking to supplement their curriculum or develop class projects
  • Brings lesser-known stories to the forefront in lively sidebars
  • Brings ghost stories to life in photos of haunted locales
  • Helps readers to find specific information in cross-reference guides
  • Provides information for site visits, along with video references, in a "Ghost Tour Road Trips" section
Nancy Hendricks holds a doctorate in education and is an award-winning author of titles including Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy and Notable Women of Arkansas: From Hattie to Hillary, 100 Names to Know, which was represented at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Recent books for ABC-CLIO include America's First Ladies: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House, Daily Life in 1950s America, and the two-volume Popular Fads and Crazes through American History.


"This reference work will please historians of the unexplained."—Booklist, March 1, 2021
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