Where There Are Mountains
An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians

Donald Edward Davis

The first book-length environmental history of this region

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"The southern Appalachian Mountains have been raped, robbed, and pillaged for centuries. Where There Are Mountains casts new light on a largely ignored subject, illustrating the cultural and environmental developments that have occurred in southern Appalachia from an interdisciplinary approach."
—David Kimbrough, author of Taking Up Serpents: Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky

"Where There Are Mountains is an impressively researched and persuasively argued environmental history of Appalachia. . . . It is a fresh and original piece of work."
—Ronald L. Lewis, author of Transforming the Appalachian Countryside


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A timely study of change in a complex environment, Where There Are Mountains explores the relationship between human inhabitants of the southern Appalachians and their environment. Incorporating a wide variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, the study draws information from several viewpoints and spans more than four hundred years of geological, ecological, anthropological, and historical development in the Appalachian region. The book begins with a description of the indigenous Mississippian culture in 1500 and ends with the destructive effects of industrial logging and dam building during the first three decades of the twentieth century.

Donald Edward Davis discusses the degradation of the southern Appalachians on a number of levels, from the general effects of settlement and industry to the extinction of the American chestnut due to blight and logging in the early 1900s. This portrait of environmental destruction is echoed by the human struggle to survive in one of our nation's poorest areas. The farming, livestock raising, dam building, and pearl and logging industries that have gradually destroyed this region have also been the livelihood of the Appalachian people. The author explores the sometimes conflicting needs of humans and nature in the mountains while presenting impressive and comprehensive research on the increasingly threatened environment of the southern Appalachians.

Page count: 352 pp.
24 b&w photos, 1 map
Trim size: 6 x 9

 



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List price: $29.95
978-0-8203-2494-4
3/10/2003

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978-0-8203-4021-0
3/15/2011
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Donald Edward Davis is an associate professor of sociology at Dalton State College. He is the author of Ecophilosophy: A Field Guide to the Literature and coauthor of Hiking Trails of the Smokies.