Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

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by Silas House, Jason Howard
     
 

Something's Rising collects oral histories from a diverse group of individuals from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia who are fighting mountaintop removal, an ecologically devastating form of coal mining. Taken together, these voices stand as a testament of what it means to be an Appalachian and demonstrate the value of preserving a culture's history

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Something's Rising collects oral histories from a diverse group of individuals from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia who are fighting mountaintop removal, an ecologically devastating form of coal mining. Taken together, these voices stand as a testament of what it means to be an Appalachian and demonstrate the value of preserving a culture's history and spirit through the stories of its people. The authors have chosen twelve unique voices including Jean Ritchie, the "mother of folk," who doesn't let her eighty-six years slow down her fighting spirit; Judy Bonds, a tough-talking coal miner's daughter; Kathy Mattea, the beloved country singer who believes that cooperation is the key to the battle; Larry Bush, who doesn't back down even when speeding coal trucks are used to intimidate him; and Denise Giardina, the West Virginia writer who ran for governor to bring attention to the mountaintop removal issue. Written and edited by native sons of the mountains, these riveting, personal stories are captured in an original and highly readable book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813125466
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/17/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lee Smith xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

The Preservationist Jean Ritchie 23

Mother Jones's Great-Granddaughter Denise Giardina 45

Little Acts of Greatness Bev May 67

Union Made Carl Shoupe 95

A Light in the Dark Kathy Mattea 113

The Endangered Hillbilly Judy Bonds 131

Called to Action Pat Hudson 151

Appalachian Patriot Jack Spadaro 179

A Leader, Not a Follower Nathan Hall 201

Holy Ground Anne Shelby Jessie Lynne Keltner 217

The Gathering Storm Larry Bush 245

Appendix A Text of the Petition Letter Circulated by Coal Companies against the Stream Saver Bill 263

Appendix B House Bill 164, the Stream Saver Bill, as Introduced in February 2008 265

Notes 267

Selected Bibliography 287

Index 291

About the Authors 305

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