"Purt nigh gone"...or "pretty near gone"...is the region's disappearing dialect, swallowed up by exposure to mass media popular culture. Nearly gone as well is the area's traditional music, its food, its old-time religion, its humor, and even its moonshine.
While considering these fading treasures, this book also looks at the Appalachian mountains in their prehistoric times, when they rose higher than the Rockies, at the Cherokees and their removal, at the nation's first gold rush, and at the timeless question of whose mountains these truly are.
Finally, Zell Miller leaves us with 101 good reasons for living in these mountains today. But after reading through these remembrances of a time "purt nigh gone," you will hardly need them. These mountains will feel like home already.
|Publisher:||Stroud & Hall Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
After a lifetime of politics, teaching, speaking, and writing, including two New York Times best sellers, Zell Miller and his wife Shirley retired to his home in Brasstown Valley in the mountains of North Georgia. His books include The Mountains Within Me, A National Party No More, A Deficit of Decency, and The Miracle of Brasstown Valley.