Cades Cove: Life Death Southern Appalachian Community

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Winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award

Drawing on a rich trove of documents never before available to scholars, the author sketches the early pioneers, their daily lives, their beliefs, and their struggles to survive and prosper in this isolated mountain community, now within the confines of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In moving detail this book brings to life an isolated mountain community, its struggle to survive, and the ...

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Overview

Winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award

Drawing on a rich trove of documents never before available to scholars, the author sketches the early pioneers, their daily lives, their beliefs, and their struggles to survive and prosper in this isolated mountain community, now within the confines of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In moving detail this book brings to life an isolated mountain community, its struggle to survive, and the tragedy of its demise.

"Professor Dunn provides us with a model historical investigation of a southern mountain community.  His findings on commercial farming, family, religion, and politics will challenge many standard interpretations of the Appalachian past."
--Gordon B. McKinney, Western Carolina University.  

 "This is a fine book. . . . It is mostly about community and interrelationships, and thus it refutes much of the literature that presents Southern Mountaineers as individualistic, irreligious, violent, and unlawful."
—Loyal Jones, Appalachian Heritage.  

"Dunn . . . has written one of the best books ever produced about the Southern mountains."
—Virginia Quarterly Review.  

"This study offers the first detailed analysis of a remote southern Appalachian community in the nineteenth century.  It should lay to rest older images of the region as isolated and static, but it raises new questions about the nature of that premodern community."
—Ronald D Eller, American Historical Review

Not only is his book a worthy addition to the growing body of work recognizing the complexities of southern mountain society; it is also a lively testament to the value of local history and the variety of levels at which it can provide significant enlightenment."
—John C. Inscoe,LOCUS

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Relying on documentary sources, Dunn's revisionist history challenges accounts of the Great Smoky's Cades Cove mountain folk presented by previous historians and fiction writers. Dunn shows that this East Tennessee community was from its origin no less progressive than the nation as a whole. Appearances to the contrary only arose from an atypical portion of the community or from its temporary regression following the Civil War. Ironically, outsiders' ``progress'' and not its own deficiencies led to the community's demise. Should appeal to scholars and general readers. Recommended for public libraries in the South and most academic libraries.Brent A. Nelson, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870495540
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1989
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Durwood Dunn is professor history at Tennessee Wesleyan College. 

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