The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier

The Appalachians: America's First and Last Frontier


By (author) Holly George-Warren, Edited by Mari-Lynn Evans, Edited by Robert Santelli

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  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 230mm x 20mm | 860g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1935978969
  • ISBN 13: 9781935978961
  • Sales rank: 2,016,925

Product description

A beautifully produced companion volume to the public television documentary The Appalachians fills the void in information about the region, offering a rich portrait of its history and its legacy in music, literature, and film. The text includes essays by some of Appalachia’s most respected scholars and journalists; excerpts from never-before-published diaries and journals; firsthand recollections from native Appalachians including Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, and Ralph Stanley; indigenous song lyrics and poetry; and oral histories from common folk whose roots run strong and deep. The book also includes more than one hundred illustrations, both archival and newly created. Here is a wondrous book celebrating a unique and valuable heritage.

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Author information

Mari-Lynn is Executive Producer of many films including "Coal Country" for Discovery Planet Green. Robert Santelli is the author of seven books, including "The Big Book of Blues," and is the coeditor of" American Roots Music." Holly George-Warren served from 1993 to 2001 as editor of" Rolling Stone" Press, where she oversaw the creation of forty books, including "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll."

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""The Appalachians" is a love letter to a place and its people. With an obvious devotion to the people, places and history of the region, "The Appalachians" eloquently portrays this beautiful, rugged place where man is shaped by mountains and mountains by men, where the heart of the American character has been forged by the deep history of this place and where the human spirit has triumphed time and again over seemingly insurmountable forces. "The Appalachians" presents a microcosm of the American story."Shirley Stewart Burns, author of "Bringing Down the Mountains "& editor of"Coal Country""