The United States of Appalachia : how Southern mountaineers brought independence, culture, and enlightenment to America

by Jeff Biggers

Paper Book, 2006


Few places in the United States confound and fascinate Americans like Appalachia, yet no other area has been so markedly mischaracterized by the mass media. Stereotypes of hillbillies and rednecks repeatedly appear in representations of the region, but few, if any, of its many heroes, visionaries, or innovators are ever referenced. Make no mistake, they are legion: from Anne Royall, America's first female muckraker, to Sequoyah, a Cherokee mountaineer who invented the first syllabary in modern times, and international divas Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, as well as writers Cormac McCarthy, Edward Abbey, and Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck, Appalachia has contributed mightily to American culture -- and politics. Not only did eastern Tennessee boast the country's first antislavery newspaper, Appalachians also establishedthe first District of Washington as a bold counterpoint to British rule. With humor, intelligence, and clarity, Jeff Biggers reminds us how Appalachians have defined and shaped the United States we know today.… (more)



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[Emeryville, CA] : Shoemaker & Hoard : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

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LibraryThing member jonerthon
I went into this book expecting a broader and shallower history, but instead the focus was on a few points in Appalachia that the author calls seminal for what the region would become. So: much more in depth and also earlier (primarily 18th century) than I had expected, but I think he pulled it off
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well. Probably the type of history I should have read while I lived in the South.
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