Edited by Mari-Lynn Evans, Robert Santelli,
and Holly George-Warren.
over 100 illustrations and photographs. In a time when the world has become the
global village and America the global nation, there is one place where things
are largely as they used to be. Protected by mountains, largely ignored by
industry and developers, Appalachia is Americaâ€™s first and last frontier.
Encompassing more than 195,000 square miles in thirteen states, it is home to
the least understood and most under-appreciated subculture in the United
States. This book fills the void of books about this region, offering a rich
portrait of its history and its legacy in music, literature, and film.
Text includes essays by some of Appalachiaâ€™s
most respected scholars and journalist; excerpt from never-before-published
diaries and journals; firsthand recollections from Appalachians like Loretta
Lynn, Robert C. Byrd, and Ralph Stanley; indigenous song lyrics and poetry; and
oral histories from common folk whose roots run strong and deep. This
fascinating book was published to coincide with the premiere of the four hour,
two-part PBS documentary film by the same name.