Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life among the Mountaineers

Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life among the Mountaineers

by Horace Kephart
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566641756

ISBN-13: 9781566641753

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Alexander Books

Who is most responsible for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? A gentleman by the name of Horace Kephart (1862-1931), the author of this book. A librarian in St. Louis around the turn of the 20th century, in 1904, he gave that up and moved to Western North Carolina, following his fascination with outdoor life and his interest in this mountainous region.

Overview

Who is most responsible for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? A gentleman by the name of Horace Kephart (1862-1931), the author of this book. A librarian in St. Louis around the turn of the 20th century, in 1904, he gave that up and moved to Western North Carolina, following his fascination with outdoor life and his interest in this mountainous region.

Kephart's fascination became his avocation -- he wrote numerous magazine articles for national periodicals of that day. A book from Kephart's pen -- The Book of Camping and Woodcraft: A Guidebook for Those Who Travel in the Wilderness (Outing Publishing, 1906) -- also proved popular and is still a widely-used reference today.

Yet, all of the above -- as significant as it was in the field of outdoor writing -- pales when compared to this book, Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life Among the Mountaineers (Outing Publishing, 1913). By that year, having lived here in these great hills almost 10 years, Horace Kephart possessed journal after journal in which he had meticulously written first-hand observations of the mountains and people during his travels. The book itself was well received, even among the mountain folk themselves (and we are often a clannish lot). The mountaineers called it "that book," but it soon became the book about Appalachia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566641753
Publisher:
Alexander Books
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

I."Something Hidden; Go and Find It"11
II."The Back of Beyond"28
III.The Great Smoky Mountains50
IV.A Bear Hunt in the Smokies75
V.Moonshine Land110
VI.Ways That Are Dark126
VII.A Leaf from the Past145
VIII."Blockaders" and "The Revenue"167
IX.The Snake-Stick Man191
IX.A Raid into the Sugarlands207
XI.The Killing of Hol Rose238
XII.The Outlander and the Native265
XIII.The People of the Hills286
XIV.The Land of Do Without308
XV.Home Folks and Neighbor People330
XVI.The Mountain Dialect350
XVII.The Law of the Wilderness379
XVIII.The Blood-Feud401
XIX.Who Are the Mountaineers?428
XX."When the Sleeper Wakes"452

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