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The United States of Appalachia

The United States of Appalachia

How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America
December 2005
Hardcover · 288 Pages
$26.00 U.S.
ISBN 9781593760311


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The word Appalachia is seldom uttered in the same sentence with the word enlightenment. More likely, images of the film Deliverance, corncob chomping grannies, or bonafide gun-toting hillbillies come to mind. However, in truth, Appalachia has been a cradle of US freedom, independence, and enlightenment, as well as a region of progressive social history, literature, and music.

The United States of Appalachia reveals to us how so many of our nation’s basic freedoms and founding moments grew out of the Appalachias. From the first declaration of independence to the beginnings of folk music, literature, and poetry, Jeff Biggers illuminates with humor, intelligence, and clarity, the many reasons why we all need a lesson in Appalachian history.

About the Author

Based in rural Illinois and central Italy, Jeff Biggers has worked as a writer, editor, educator and policy analyst. An occasional commentator for NPR and a regular correspondent for PRI's "Savvy Traveler" radio program, he won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism with an essay on Italy for The Atlantic. He is co-editor of No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poetry of Don West. He was also the founding director of the Beyond Borders/Northern Arizona Book Festivals. He currently resides in Macomb, Illinois.