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United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
An incurably compassionate and a region that has breathtaking cruelty, Appalachia is a land that seems simple with simple but has rich history and a deceiving face (including the people.) The people are very proud, and they deserve to be proud, as this very good book illuminates about a land in which hardy immigrants and Cherokee sometimes fought and loved each other literally. I am an Appalachian and 1/16 Cherokee, so I am very biased for this region. It is the epitome of the country, producing some of the greatest writers in recent memory such as Pearl S. Buck, Cormac McCarthy, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas Wolfe, and Mark Twain (who was conceived and influenced by the twang of the Appalachian near the Illinois-Missouri Ozark border) and so many others. The civil rights movement and the playing out by the labor unions I had never knew about but I didn't out, because if there is one thing in them hills you do expect it's uncertainty and complexity. Never underestimate us. We started the American Revolution after all! Read here!!! And yes, I have all my teeth and I can read or reed, depending on your prejudices. Only thing Biggers doesn't go in great detail about is the role of the Cherokee, perhaps the most powerful tribe in commerce and warfare after the Sioux.
Simply put, this book is a marvel. Jeff Biggers has done a tremendous job pulling the ugly stereotype off Appalachia, only to expose a magnificent culture comprised of innovators, fighters and geniuses of all stripes. It's an important book, especially in light of the coal industry's doggedly determined efforts to eliminate Appalachian culture by eliminating the Appalachians themselves. 'The United States of Appalachia' will surprise you, inform you, amuse you and, at the end of it all, make you feel all the better for having read it.