Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

by Anne Mitchell Whisnant
     
 

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The most visited site in the National Park system, the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway winds along the ridges of the Appalachian mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. According to most accounts, the Parkway was a New Deal "Godsend for the needy," built without conflict or opposition by landscape architects and planners who traced their vision along a scenic,

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The most visited site in the National Park system, the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway winds along the ridges of the Appalachian mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. According to most accounts, the Parkway was a New Deal "Godsend for the needy," built without conflict or opposition by landscape architects and planners who traced their vision along a scenic, isolated southern landscape. The historical archives relating to this massive public project, however, tell a different and much more complicated story, which Anne Mitchell Whisnant relates in this revealing history of the beloved roadway.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A fascinating account. . . . Insightful and elegantly written. . . . By far the most thorough and well-researched history of the Parkway to date."
Georgia Historical Quarterly

"Provocative and informative."
The Charlotte Observer

"[A] lucid analysis. . . . [Whisnant's] work provides vital lessons on historic and environmental preservation."
The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

"An impressive documentation of the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the resultant transfer of considerable acreage from one type of human exploitation (farming, lumber, etc.) to another type (scenic-tourism)."
Southern Cultures

"Elegantly reveals the Parkway's history. . . . Decidedly revisionist . . . presents a more complex history of the road. . . . Whisnant's engagingly written and carefully researched account brings to light a more accurate picture of how the Blue Ridge Parkway came to be while taking nothing away from the . . . site."
Appalachian Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807830376
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/02/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.40(d)

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From the Publisher
Super-Scenic Motorway is a thoroughly researched, clear-eyed analysis of the genesis and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Righteously revisionist, it provides a most needed corrective to the prevalent romantic vision of both the Appalachian region and the National Park Service.—Dwight T. Pitcaithley, chief historian, National Park Service (Ret.)

Meet the Author

Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is now Director of Research, Communications, and Programs for the Office of Faculty Governance. She has served as a consultant to the National Park Service and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. More information about the book is available online at www.superscenic.com.

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