Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart

Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart

by Horace Kephart

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BN ID: 2940016696485
Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
Publication date: 01/25/2015
Series: Unforgotten Classics , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 403,506
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Horace Kephart (1862–1931) was an American travel writer and librarian, best known as the author of Our Southern Highlanders, about his life in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.

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Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
Our Southern Highlanders, now over a hundred years old, is the first real examination and narrative of the people of the southern Appalachians, and Smoky mountains. The fascinating thing from the standpoint of a century away, is how Kephart writes of the land and people and history, while fully realizing the encroaching modernity that was just beginning to forever change folk ways that had existed since early settlement and was traced back to Scotland. As a frequent visitor to the Great Smoky Mountains park, I know this land and its people to some level, but only in the sense that the land Kephart knew has been set apart as a national park, ringed by tourist attractions and a people that certainly are not as self reliant as the people Kephart knew. Yes, Kephart does, with many anecdotes, spend much of this book on some extreme examples - the focus on moonshining in particular, but as a narrative memoir, this makes sense to some degree to focus on the more dramatic and interesting characters he meets, rather than a fully rounded out description. The great thing to really appreciate about this work, written about three decades before the founding of the national park, is to show how these real people were rooted in time and place and could see what became a storm on the horizon with all the changes of modernity and what it meant to family, work, their faith and way of life.