The Silent Appalachian Book

The Silent Appalachian


  • Author : Vicki Sigmon Collins
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2017-01-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476627540

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The Silent Appalachian Excerpt :

Appalachian literature is filled with silent or non-discursive characters. The reasons for their wordlessness vary. Some are mute or pretend to be, some choose not to speak or are silenced by grief, trauma or fear. Others mutter monosyllables, stutter, grunt and point, speak in tongues or idiosyncratic language. They capture the reader’s attention by what they don’t say.

Beyond the Quiet Hills  Spirit of Appalachia Book  2  Book

Beyond the Quiet Hills Spirit of Appalachia Book 2


  • Author : Aaron McCarver
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 1997-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441262332

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Beyond the Quiet Hills Spirit of Appalachia Book 2 Excerpt :

In Beyond the Quiet Hills, Hawk and Elizabeth Spencer struggle to survive and raise their family on the Tennessee frontier. Hawk also brings his son Jacob to live with them at the Watauga Settlement, but Jacob resents the strong bond between Hawk and his stepbrother Andrew. Things are complicated between the stepbrothers when they are both drawn to the same girl. As a part of a villain's vengeful plot against Hawk and his family, men disguised as Cherokees attack the settlement, injuring some settlers and taking Hawk's daughter captive. The settlers want to attack the Cherokees, but Hawk discovers the plot and must race to keep a war from raging across the frontier.

From the Front Lines of the Appalachian Addiction Crisis Book

From the Front Lines of the Appalachian Addiction Crisis


  • Author : Wendy Welch
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-08-12
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476682266

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From the Front Lines of the Appalachian Addiction Crisis Excerpt :

Stories from doctors, nurses, and therapists dealing on a daily basis with the opioid crisis in Appalachia should be heartbreaking. Yet those told here also inspire with practical advice on how to assist those in addiction, from a grass-roots to a policy level. Readers looking for ways to combat the crisis will find suggestions alongside laughter, tears, and sometimes rage. Each author brings the passion of their profession and the personal losses they have experienced from addiction, and posits solutions and harm reduction with positivity, grace, and even humor. Authors representing seven states from northern, Coalfields, and southern Appalachia relate personal encounters with patients or providers who changed them forever. This is a history document, showing how we got here; an evidenced indictment of current policies failing those who need them most; an affirmation that Appalachia solves its own problems; and a collection of suggestions for best practice moving forward.

Appalachia s Children Book

Appalachia s Children


  • Author : David H. Looff
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2021-12-14
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813189109

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Appalachia s Children Excerpt :

This thoughtful, compassionate book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Southern Appalachian child—his mental disorders and his adaptive strengths. Drawing upon his extensive fieldwork as a clinical child psychiatrist in Eastern Kentucky, Dr. Looff suggests means by which these children can be helped to bridge the gap between their subculture and the mainstream of American life today. The children described in this book, the author points out, are in a real sense not "all children." Since no child grows up in a vacuum, the children of Eastern Kentucky cannot be understood apart from the historical, geographic, and socioeconomic characteristics of the area in which they grow. Knowledge of the children requires some knowledge of the lives of parent, teachers, and the many others upon whom they are dependent. That is to say, mental disorder—or mental health—is embedded in a social matrix. Dr. Looff therefore examines the milieu of these Southern Appalachian children, their future as adults, and how they can achieve their potential—whether in their native or an urban setting. In viewing the children within their own cultural framework, Dr. Looff shows how they develop toward mental health or psychopathology, suggesting supportive techniques that build upon the strengths inherent in each child. These strengths, he suggests, rise out of the same culture that burdens the child with handicaps. Dr. Looff's position is one of guarded optimism, based on the successes of the techniques he has used and observed in seven years of work in Appalachian field clinics. Although he details instances of mental disorder in children, and instances of failure in family functioning, he notes at the same time family strengths and sees these strengths as sources of hope. Although this book is based on fieldwork techniques within a specific area and culture, it is paradigmatically suggestive of wider application. Dr. Looff demonstrates effectively and clearly the pro

Appalachian Fiddler Albert Hash Book

Appalachian Fiddler Albert Hash


  • Author : Malcolm L. Smith
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-04-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476676425

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Appalachian Fiddler Albert Hash Excerpt :

World-class luthier and renowned guitarist Wayne Henderson calls Albert Hash "a real folk hero." A virtuoso fiddler from the Blue Ridge, Hash built more than 300 fiddles in his lifetime, recorded numerous times with a variety of bands and inspired countless instrument makers and musicians in the mountains of rural Southwest Virginia near the North Carolina border. His biography is the story of a resourceful, humble man who dedicated his life to his art, community and Appalachian musical heritage.

Movie Made Appalachia Book

Movie Made Appalachia


  • Author : John C. Inscoe
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2020-11-24
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781469660158

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Movie Made Appalachia Excerpt :

While Hollywood deserves its reputation for much-maligned portrayals of southern highlanders on screen, the film industry also deserves credit for a long-standing tradition of more serious and meaningful depictions of Appalachia's people. Surveying some two dozen films and the literary and historical sources from which they were adapted, John C. Inscoe argues that in the American imagination Appalachia has long represented far more than deprived and depraved hillbillies. Rather, the films he highlights serve as effective conduits into the region's past, some grounded firmly in documented realities and life stories, others only loosely so. In either case, they deserve more credit than they have received for creating sympathetic and often complex characters who interact within families, households, and communities amidst a wide array of historical contingencies. They provide credible and informative narratives that respect the specifics of the times and places in which they are set. Having used many of these movies as teaching tools in college classrooms, Inscoe demonstrates the cumulative effect of analyzing them in terms of shared themes and topics to convey far more generous insights into Appalachia and its history than one would have expected to emerge from southern California's "dream factory."

Murder on the Appalachian Trail Book

Murder on the Appalachian Trail


  • Author : Jess Carr
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1986-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 537
  • ISBN 10 : 067161990X

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Murder on the Appalachian Trail Excerpt :

A fictionalized account of a shocking, real-life crime documents the brutal, motiveless murder of two young hikers, Bob Mountford and Susan Ramsey, by Randall Lee Smith

Lost Cove  North Carolina Book

Lost Cove North Carolina


  • Author : Christy A. Smith
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2021-12-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 193
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476686080

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Lost Cove North Carolina Excerpt :

Located just seconds from the winding Tennessee border, the remote mountain settlement of Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the "moonshiner frolics unmolested." Today, Lost Cove is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement. In this first historically comprehensive book on Lost Cove, the author paints a portrait of an isolated yet thriving settlement that survived for almost one hundred years. From its founding before the Civil War to the town's ultimate decline, Lost Cove's history is an in-depth account of family life and kinship in isolation. The author explores historically relevant interviews and genealogical findings from railroad documents, old newspaper articles, church records and deeds. Also included are oral histories that provide authentic, conversational accounts from families in the cove.

Boone Before Boone Book

Boone Before Boone


  • Author : Tom Whyte
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-10-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476641362

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Boone Before Boone Excerpt :

Native Americans have occupied the mountains of northwestern North Carolina for around 14,000 years. This book tells the story of their lives, adaptations, responses to climate change, and ultimately, the devastation brought on by encounters with Europeans. After a brief introduction to archaeology, the book covers each time period, chapter by chapter, beginning with the Paleoindian period in the Ice Age and ending with the arrival of Daniel Boone in 1769, with descriptions and interpretations of archaeological evidence for each time period. Each chapter begins with a fictional vignette to kindle the reader's imaginings of ancient human life in the mountains, and includes descriptions and numerous images of sites and artifacts discovered in Boone, North Carolina, and the surrounding region.

Writers by the River Book

Writers by the River


  • Author : Donia S. Eley
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2021-05-20
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476641973

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Writers by the River Excerpt :

The Highland Summer Writing Conference (HSC), held each summer along the banks of the ancient New River at Radford University's Selu Conservancy, brings together and inspires writers as they participate in the communal art of creating and sharing. Over the years, many prestigious Appalachian authors have taught workshops to like-minded students, many of whom became published authors in their own right. This book, a celebration of the HSC, is a collection of reflective essays, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction contributed by 41 authors and student-authors who have taken part in the conference over a span of 43 years.

Wayne Howard Book

Wayne Howard


  • Author : Lewis M. Stern
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2021-05-14
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476684260

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Wayne Howard Excerpt :

From his birth in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1947, to his 2020 album featuring the music of Lee Hammons, Wayne Howard has lived an exceptionally creative life. He seemed to be eternally present at fiddle festivals, involved in the creative forces working to preserve Southern Mountain music. In 1969, he relocated to West Virginia and was introduced to the Hammons family by Dwight Diller. Howard then recorded Lee, Sherman, Burl, and Maggie Hammons playing music and telling stories. Howard then became a professional computer programmer, a vintage book collector, and a woodworker, before turning to writing about the Hammons family, and producing CDs of their stories and music. This biography follows the threads of music and folklore through Howard's life, celebrating his profound knowledge that does much to sustain the interest of those who seek out Appalachian tunes, songs, and stories.

These Silent Woods Book
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These Silent Woods


  • Author : Kimi Cunningham Grant
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2021-11-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250793409

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These Silent Woods Excerpt :

A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in Kimi Cunningham Grant's These Silent Woods, a mesmerizing novel of suspense. No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world. For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that's exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he's got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there. The only people who know they exist are a mysterious local hermit named Scotland, and Cooper's old friend, Jake, who visits each winter to bring them food and supplies. But this year, Jake doesn't show up, setting off an irreversible chain of events that reveals just how precarious their situation really is. Suddenly, the boundaries of their safe haven have blurred—and when a stranger wanders into their woods, Finch’s growing obsession with her could put them all in danger. After a shocking disappearance threatens to upend the only life Finch has ever known, Cooper is forced to decide whether to keep hiding—or finally face the sins of his past. Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.

Junaluska Book

Junaluska


  • Author : Susan E. Keefe
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2020-06-12
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476680170

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Junaluska Excerpt :

Junaluska is one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today. After Emancipation, many former slaves in Watauga County became sharecroppers, were allowed to clear land and to keep a portion, or bought property outright, all in the segregated neighborhood on the hill overlooking the town of Boone, North Carolina. Land and home ownership have been crucial to the survival of this community, whose residents are closely interconnected as extended families and neighbors. Missionized by white Krimmer Mennonites in the early twentieth century, their church is one of a handful of African American Mennonite Brethren churches in the United States, and it provides one of the few avenues for leadership in the local black community. Susan Keefe has worked closely with members of the community in editing this book, which is based on three decades of participatory research. These life history narratives adapted from interviews with residents (born between 1885 and 1993) offer a people's history of the black experience in the southern mountains. Their stories provide a unique glimpse into the lives of African Americans in Appalachia during the 20th century--and a community determined to survive through the next.

Transforming the Appalachian Countryside Book

Transforming the Appalachian Countryside


  • Author : Ronald L. Lewis
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2000-11-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807862971

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Transforming the Appalachian Countryside Excerpt :

In 1880, ancient-growth forest still covered two-thirds of West Virginia, but by the 1920s lumbermen had denuded the entire region. Ronald Lewis explores the transformation in these mountain counties precipitated by deforestation. As the only state that lies entirely within the Appalachian region, West Virginia provides an ideal site for studying the broader social impact of deforestation in Appalachia, the South, and the eastern United States. Most of West Virginia was still dominated by a backcountry economy when the industrial transition began. In short order, however, railroads linked remote mountain settlements directly to national markets, hauling away forest products and returning with manufactured goods and modern ideas. Workers from the countryside and abroad swelled new mill towns, and merchants ventured into the mountains to fulfill the needs of the growing population. To protect their massive investments, capitalists increasingly extended control over the state's legal and political systems. Eventually, though, even ardent supporters of industrialization had reason to contemplate the consequences of unregulated exploitation. Once the timber was gone, the mills closed and the railroads pulled up their tracks, leaving behind an environmental disaster and a new class of marginalized rural poor to confront the worst depression in American history.

Richard L  Davis and the Color Line in Ohio Coal Book

Richard L Davis and the Color Line in Ohio Coal


  • Author : Frans H. Doppen
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2016-10-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476626673

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Richard L Davis and the Color Line in Ohio Coal Excerpt :

Born in Roanoke County, Virginia, on the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation, Richard L. Davis was an early mine labor organizer in Rendville, Ohio. One year after the 1884 Great Hocking Valley Coal Strike, which lasted nine months, Davis wrote the first of many letters to the National Labor Tribune and the United Mine Workers Journal. One of two African Americans at the founding convention of United Mine Workers of America in 1890, he served as a member of the National Executive Board in 1886–97. Davis called upon white and black miners to unite against wage slavery. This biography provides a detailed portrait of one of America’s more influential labor organizers.