High Mountains Rising

Appalachia in Time and Place
Author: Edited by Richard A. Straw and H. Tyler Blethen
A collection of 14 original essays covering the major issues in Appalachian history and culture
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/2004
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About the Book

This collection is the first comprehensive, cohesive volume to unite Appalachian history with its culture. Richard A. Straw and H. Tyler Blethen's High Mountains Rising provides a clear, systematic, and engaging overview of the Appalachian timeline, its people, and the most significant aspects of life in the region.

The first half of the fourteen essays deal with historical issues including Native Americans, pioneer settlement, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, the Great Depression, migration, and finally, modernization. The remaining essays take a more cultural focus, addressing stereotypes, music, folklife, language, literature, and religion.

Bringing together many of the most prestigious scholars in Appalachian studies, this volume has been designed for general and classroom use, and includes suggestions for further reading.

About the Author

Richard A. Straw is professor of history at Radford University, the author of Images of America: Blacksburg, and has published articles on Appalachian foodways, on Mike Seeger, and on the United Mine Workers of America, coal mining, and historical photography. H. Tyler Blethen is Creighton Sossomon Professor of History and director of the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University, and a coeditor of Ulster and North America: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Scotch-Irish.


"This stimulating, readable collection of essays gives a fine overview of Appalachia, its history, its people, and different aspects of life in the region over time that range from economic and social life to literature and folklore."--Loyal Jones, former director of the Berea College Appalachian Center and author of Faith and Meaning in the Southern Uplands


Appalachian Writers Association, Appalachian Book of the Year Award in Nonfiction, 2005. Winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, 2005.