Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal

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by Silas House, Jason Howard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813125464

ISBN-13: 9780813125466

Pub. Date: 09/17/2010

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something's Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal in the coalfields of central Appalachia. Each person's story, unique and unfiltered, articulates the hardship of living in these majestic mountains amid the daily

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Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something's Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal in the coalfields of central Appalachia. Each person's story, unique and unfiltered, articulates the hardship of living in these majestic mountains amid the daily desecration of the land by the coal industry because of America's insistence on cheap energy. Developed as an alternative to strip mining, mountaintop removal mining consists of blasting away the tops of mountains, dumping waste into the valleys, and retrieving the exposed coal. This process buries streams, pollutes wells and waterways, and alters fragile ecologies in the region. The people who live, work, and raise families in central Appalachia face not only the physical destruction of their land but also the loss of their culture and health in a society dominated by the consequences of mountaintop removal. Included here are oral histories from 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 cooperation is the key to winning the battle; Jack Spadaro, the heroic whistle-blower who has risked everything to share his insider knowledge of federal mining agencies; Larry Bush, who doesn't back down even when speeding coal trucks are used to intimidate him; Denise Giardina, a celebrated writer who ran for governor to bring attention to the issue; and many more. The book features both well-known activists and people rarely in the media. Each oral history is prefaced with a biographical essay that vividly establishes the interview settings and the subjects' connections to their region. Written and edited by native sons of the mountains, this compelling book captures a fever-pitch moment in the movement against mountaintop removal. Silas House and Jason Howard are experts on the history of resistance in Appalachia, the legacy of exploitation of the region's natural resources, and area's unique culture and landscape. This lyrical and informative text provides a critical perspective on a powerful industry. The cumulative effect of these stories is stunning and powerful. Something's Rising will long stand as a testament to the social and ecological consequences of energy at any cost and will be especially welcomed by readers of Appalachian studies, environmental science, and by all who value the mountain's majesty -- our national heritage.

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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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Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
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brightmyer More than 1 year ago
Being a huge fan of Silas House's work, I bought this book at the lecture series "Evening With the Mountainkeepers." Not only was I able to meet House and co-author Jason Howard, but they autographed my book. I was also privileged to hear them read an excerpt from this important books. Mountaintop coal removal is a controversial topic, especially in Appalachia. On one hand, the practice supplies much needed jobs for the residents of mining towns; on the other, this practice destroys natural wildlife habitats, leaving deep scars upon the land. This book contains the personal stories of 13 residents of the Appalachian region and gives you a representation of their views and opinions. I think this is an important book, not only for the understanding of mountaintop removal, but also for learning about the cultures of Appalachia.