United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America

United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America

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by Jeff Biggers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1593760310

ISBN-13: 9781593760311

Pub. Date: 01/09/2006

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

Appalachia has long been a vanguard region in the United States-a cradle of U.S. freedom and independence and a hotbed for labor and civil rights movements and groundbreaking science, literature, and music. Far from being in the backwash of American history, Appalachia has produced some of our country's most important innovators. To name only a few: Cherokee inventor…  See more details below

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Appalachia has long been a vanguard region in the United States-a cradle of U.S. freedom and independence and a hotbed for labor and civil rights movements and groundbreaking science, literature, and music. Far from being in the backwash of American history, Appalachia has produced some of our country's most important innovators. To name only a few: Cherokee inventor Sequoyah; Black History Month founder Carter Woodson; jazz and country music legends Bessie Smith, W.C. Handy, Nina Simone, and the Carter Family; New York Times Publisher Adolph Ochs; authors Pearl S. Buck, Thomas Wolfe, Edward Abbey, Cormac McCarthy, Henry Louis Gates, and Rebecca Harding Davis; and social activists John Rankin, Martin Delany, Myles Horton, and Walter Reuther. With humor, intelligence, and clarity, Jeff Biggers shows us that to properly understand American history it is essential to know the history of Appalachia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593760311
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
01/09/2006
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Prologue: Rank Strangers     1
The Trail of Words     25
The First Washington, D.C.     45
Down from the Mountain     67
The Emancipators     81
All the News That's Fit to Print     103
The Great American Industrial Saga     135
We Shall Overcome     169
Epilogue: We Are All Appalachians     195
Acknowledgments     213
Bibliographic Notes     215
Index     227

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United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incurably compassionate and a region that has breathtaking cruelty, Appalachia is a land that seems simple with simple but has rich history and a deceiving face (including the people.) The people are very proud, and they deserve to be proud, as this very good book illuminates about a land in which hardy immigrants and Cherokee sometimes fought and loved each other literally. I am an Appalachian and 1/16 Cherokee, so I am very biased for this region. It is the epitome of the country, producing some of the greatest writers in recent memory such as Pearl S. Buck, Cormac McCarthy, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas Wolfe, and Mark Twain (who was conceived and influenced by the twang of the Appalachian near the Illinois-Missouri Ozark border) and so many others. The civil rights movement and the playing out by the labor unions I had never knew about but I didn't out, because if there is one thing in them hills you do expect it's uncertainty and complexity. Never underestimate us. We started the American Revolution after all! Read here!!! And yes, I have all my teeth and I can read or reed, depending on your prejudices. Only thing Biggers doesn't go in great detail about is the role of the Cherokee, perhaps the most powerful tribe in commerce and warfare after the Sioux.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this book is a marvel. Jeff Biggers has done a tremendous job pulling the ugly stereotype off Appalachia, only to expose a magnificent culture comprised of innovators, fighters and geniuses of all stripes. It's an important book, especially in light of the coal industry's doggedly determined efforts to eliminate Appalachian culture by eliminating the Appalachians themselves. 'The United States of Appalachia' will surprise you, inform you, amuse you and, at the end of it all, make you feel all the better for having read it.