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
  • 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: 1593761511

ISBN-13: 9781593761516

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Counterpoint Press


Few places in the United States confound and fascinate Americans like Appalachia, yet no other area has been so markedly mischaracterized by the mass media. Stereotypes of hillbillies and rednecks repeatedly appear in representations of the region, but few, if any, of its many heroes, visionaries, or innovators are ever referenced.

Make no mistake, they are

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Few places in the United States confound and fascinate Americans like Appalachia, yet no other area has been so markedly mischaracterized by the mass media. Stereotypes of hillbillies and rednecks repeatedly appear in representations of the region, but few, if any, of its many heroes, visionaries, or innovators are ever referenced.

Make no mistake, they are legion: from Anne Royall, America's first female muckraker, to Sequoyah, a Cherokee mountaineer who invented the first syllabary in modern times, and international divas Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, as well as writers Cormac McCarthy, Edward Abbey, and Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck, Appalachia has contributed mightily to American culture — and politics. Not only did eastern Tennessee boast the country's first antislavery newspaper, Appalachians also established the first District of Washington as a bold counterpoint to British rule. With humor, intelligence, and clarity, Jeff Biggers reminds us how Appalachians have defined and shaped the United States we know today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593761516
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
389,368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(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.