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Cades Cove: The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community,… (1988)

por Durwood Dunn

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Cades CoveThe Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community, 1818-1937Durwood DunnWinner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award Drawing on a rich trove of documents never before available to scholars, the author sketches the early pioneers, their daily lives, their beliefs, and their struggles to survive and prosper in this isolated mountain community, now within the confines of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In moving detail this book brings to life an isolated mountain community, its struggle to survive, and the tragedy of its demise. Professor Dunn provides us with a model historical investigation of a southern mountain community.a His findings on commercial farming, family, religion, and politics will challenge many standard interpretations of the Appalachian past.--Gordon B. McKinney, Western Carolina University. a aThis is a fine book. . . . It is mostly about community and interrelationships, and thus it refutes much of the literature that presents Southern Mountaineers as individualistic, irreligious, violent, and unlawful.OCoLoyal Jones, Appalachian Heritage. a Dunn . . . has written one of the best books ever produced about the Southern mountains.OCoVirginia Quarterly Review. a This study offers the first detailed analysis of a remote southern Appalachian community in the nineteenth century.a It should lay to rest older images of the region as isolated and static, but it raises new questions about the nature of that premodern community.OCoRonald D Eller, American Historical Review Not only is his book a worthy addition to the growing body of work recognizing the complexities of southern mountain society; it is also a lively testament to the value of local history and the variety of levels at which it can provide significant enlightenment.OCoJohn C. Inscoe, LOCUS "… (mais)
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Cades Cove, Tennessee, 1818-1937. This is one of the best-researched books I've found about the time and the area. It's in part a correction of earlier stereotypes of the Appalachian mountaineer. Dunn was the grandson of the last man to leave the cove, so his interest in the subject is personal. He is professor of history and political science at Tennessee Wesleyan College, so he writes as a historian.

Dunn weaves the story of generations of the Oliver family throughout the book. John Oliver was a leader in the community, a progressive farmer who helped his neighbors get the most out of their land. He also waged a heroic battle in the courts in his effort to resist the government breaking up his community by declaring eminent domain. He and his neighbors lost that battle, and he was forced off his land where his family had farmed for four generations.

I give the book only a four because of its organization. The chapters seem to have been written independently of one another, so there is some overlap and repetition. ( )
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Cades CoveThe Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community, 1818-1937Durwood DunnWinner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award Drawing on a rich trove of documents never before available to scholars, the author sketches the early pioneers, their daily lives, their beliefs, and their struggles to survive and prosper in this isolated mountain community, now within the confines of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In moving detail this book brings to life an isolated mountain community, its struggle to survive, and the tragedy of its demise. Professor Dunn provides us with a model historical investigation of a southern mountain community.a His findings on commercial farming, family, religion, and politics will challenge many standard interpretations of the Appalachian past.--Gordon B. McKinney, Western Carolina University. a aThis is a fine book. . . . It is mostly about community and interrelationships, and thus it refutes much of the literature that presents Southern Mountaineers as individualistic, irreligious, violent, and unlawful.OCoLoyal Jones, Appalachian Heritage. a Dunn . . . has written one of the best books ever produced about the Southern mountains.OCoVirginia Quarterly Review. a This study offers the first detailed analysis of a remote southern Appalachian community in the nineteenth century.a It should lay to rest older images of the region as isolated and static, but it raises new questions about the nature of that premodern community.OCoRonald D Eller, American Historical Review Not only is his book a worthy addition to the growing body of work recognizing the complexities of southern mountain society; it is also a lively testament to the value of local history and the variety of levels at which it can provide significant enlightenment.OCoJohn C. Inscoe, LOCUS "

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