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Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

by Anne Mitchell Whisnant
Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History

by Anne Mitchell Whisnant


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The most visited site in the National Park system, the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway winds along the ridges of the Appalachian mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. According to most accounts, the Parkway was a New Deal "Godsend for the needy," built without conflict or opposition by landscape architects and planners who traced their vision along a scenic, isolated southern landscape. The historical archives relating to this massive public project, however, tell a different and much more complicated story, which Anne Mitchell Whisnant relates in this revealing history of the beloved roadway.

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ISBN-13: 9780807898420
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/02/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 464
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is now Director of Research, Communications, and Programs for the Office of Faculty Governance. She has served as a consultant to the National Park Service and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. More information about the book is available online at

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Super-Scenic Motorway is a thoroughly researched, clear-eyed analysis of the genesis and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Righteously revisionist, it provides a most needed corrective to the prevalent romantic vision of both the Appalachian region and the National Park Service.—Dwight T. Pitcaithley, chief historian, National Park Service (Ret.)

Exploding one myth after another, Anne Mitchell Whisnant takes readers deep into the hidden history of Appalachia's beloved scenic road. Brilliantly researched and stylishly written, Whisnant's work demonstrates that many of the Parkway's most famous landmarks—Peaks of Otter, Little Switzerland, Grandfather Mountain—are as much man-made as natural, having evolved out of human struggles over power, class, and the elusive meaning of 'public good.' This is must reading for anyone interested in the southern Appalachians, tourism, national parks, and our ongoing struggle to create a place for ourselves in nature.—Timothy Silver, author of Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains: An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America

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