"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
"Rigorous scholarship, accessible prose, and evocative description . . . Anyone who harbors lingering doubts about the value of marrying Appalachian Studies to environmental history should read Don Davis's book. It will lay these doubts to rest."
"[A] well-written narrative that is readily accessible to general readers. One can easily understand why this work won an award for outstanding writing on the Southern environments. . . . [T]his book remains the single best introduction to the subject for general readers and undergraduate students, so the paperback edition is welcome."
"A valuable contribution to the growing list of works on southern environmental history."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Offers a fresh perspective on the ways we can understand economic, cultural, and environmental change."
"The book is lively, clear and enjoyable. . . . I recommend this book as a great introduction to the environmental issues of the past in the Southern Appalachia, which still affect us today."
"All too often, regional histories limit their scope to contemporary political boundaries, ignoring the fact that nature seldom respects lines on a map. Where There Are Mountains bucks that trend as it takes up the ambitious task of chronicling the southern Appalachians as a unified ecological and cultural locale. . . . Davis understands that history is just as much a process of the land shaping us, often more so than we shaping it."
—Blue Ridge Outdoors
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.
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