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
     
 

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.

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Overview

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:
931,973
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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