The United States of Appalachia How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-01
  • Publisher: PERSEUS

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Appalachia has long been a vanguard region in the United States-a cradle of U.S. freedom and independence and a hotbed for labor and civil rights movements and groundbreaking science, literature, and music. Far from being in the backwash of American history, Appalachia has produced some of our country's most important innovators. To name only a few: Cherokee inventor Sequoyah; Black History Month founder Carter Woodson; jazz and country music legends Bessie Smith, W.C. Handy, Nina Simone, and the Carter Family; New York Times Publisher Adolph Ochs; authors Pearl S. Buck, Thomas Wolfe, Edward Abbey, Cormac McCarthy, Henry Louis Gates, and Rebecca Harding Davis; and social activists John Rankin, Martin Delany, Myles Horton, and Walter Reuther. With humor, intelligence, and clarity, Jeff Biggers shows us that to properly understand American history it is essential to know the history of Appalachia. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Prologue: Rank Strangersp. 1
The Trail of Wordsp. 25
The First Washington, D.C.p. 45
Down from the Mountainp. 67
The Emancipatorsp. 81
All the News That's Fit to Printp. 103
The Great American Industrial Sagap. 135
We Shall Overcomep. 169
Epilogue: We Are All Appalachiansp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Bibliographic Notesp. 215
Indexp. 227
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