All That Is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region available in Hardcover
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In the American imagination, "Appalachia" designates more than a geographical region. It evokes fiddle tunes, patchwork quilts, split-rail fences, and all the other artifacts that decorate a cherished romantic region in the American mind. In this classic work, David Whisnant challenges this view of Appalachia (and consequently a broader imaginative tendency) by exploring connections between the comforting simplicity of cultural myth and the troublesome complexities of cultural history. Looking at the work of ballad hunters and collectors, folk and settlement school founders, folk festival promoters, and other culture workers, Whisnant examines a process of intentional and systematic cultural intervention that hadand still hasfar-reaching consequences. He opens the way into a more sophisticated understanding of the politics of culture in Appalachia and other regions. In a new foreword for this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Whisnant reflects on how he came to write this book, how readers responded to it, and how some of its central concerns have animated his later work.
About the Author
David E. Whisnant is author of Modernizing the Mountaineer: People, Power and Planning in Appalachia and Rascally Signs in Sacred Places: The Politics of Culture in Nicaragua. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he is currently doing historical research and writing for the National Park Service.
What People are Saying About This
The most perceptive and provocative book yet written on the culture of the southern mountains. It tells a story that has only been hinted at in previous works, but never told as fully nor with as much clarity as in this fine book. . . . A major contribution to folk music scholarship, demolishing a few persistent and romantic myths.Bill C. Malone, Tulane University