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1 Appalachian Coal Mines & Railroads
Appalachian Coal Mines & Railroads
Motorbooks International

Price: 15.95 USD

Mountain People in a Flat Land: A Popular History of Appalachian Migration to Northeast Ohio, 1940-1965, Carl E. Feather

2 Mountain People in a Flat Land: A Popular History of Appalachian Migration to Northeast Ohio, 1940-1965
Carl E. Feather
200 pages, 200 pages • photos, notes, bibliog., index • paper, 1998, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
In the early 1940s, $10 bought a bus ticket from Appalachia to a better job and promise of prosperity in the flatlands of northeast Ohio. A mountaineer with a strong back and will to work could find a job within twenty-four hours of arrival.
But the cost of a bus ticket was more than a week's wages in a lumber camp, and the mountaineer paid dearly in loss of kin, culture, homeplace, and freedom.
Numerous scholarly works have addressed this migration that brought more than one million mountaineers to Ohio alone. But Mountain People in a Flat Land is the first popular history of Appalachian migration to one community-Ashtabula County, an industrial center in the fabled "best location in the nation."
These migrants share their stories of life in Appalachia before coming north. There are tales of making moonshine, colorful family members, home remedies harvested from the wild, and life in coal company towns and lumber camps.
The mountaineers explain why, despite the beauty of the mountains and the deep kinship roots, they had to leave Appalachia.
Stories of their hardships, cultural clashes, assimilation, and ultimate successes in the flatland provide a moving look at an often stereotyped people.

About Author
Carl E. Feather is a freelance writer, photographer, and newspaper lifestyles editor who lives with his wife and son in Kingsville, Ohio, where his parents settled when they migrated from West Virginia in 1956.
Price: 19.95 USD



3 Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountains: Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes
David C. Hsiung
224 pages, 6 x 9, illus, maps, cloth, University Press of Kentucky

"Offers a great deal of new information about frontier society as well as imaginative ways of using it."—Georgia Historical Quarterly
“Hsiung resists the temptation to sensationalize on images of barbarism and ignorance."—Lexington Herald-Leader
“Well organized and accessible, this book would prove ideal for use in Appalachian history courses . . . while telling what happened, Hsiung explains how to do social history."—Journal of Appalachian History
“Addresses the development and deployment of regional stereotypes about Appalachia and its people—a core feature of the region's social, cultural, and political history. And it carries the analysis beyond any study previously available."—Indiana Magazine of History
“In demolishing several stereotypes, Hsiung gets tantalizingly close to revealing the sources of regional and national identity."—The Journal of American History
“As contributions to a history of upper East Tennessee, this work advances our understanding."—Agricultural History
“The originality of this contribution in approach and methodology must certainly be acknowledged, as well as its strongly interpretive character."—The Journal of Southern History
“Readers with an interest in Appalachia will find this book useful, as will others interested in regional identity and perception."—Journal of the Early Republic
“Hsiung is diligent in his inquiry."—Agricultural History
“Enters an old fray with a sophisticated approach that rightfully moves the debate chronologically from the post-Civil War to the antebellum period."—The Journal of East Tennessee History
“Hsiung has given us a book which focuses exclusively on the question of Appalachian difference or, as he puts it, the origins of Appalachian stereotype."—Journal of Social History
Price: 15.96 USD



4 A Magnificent Irishman from Appalachia: The Letters of Lt. James Gildea, First Ohio Light Artillery Battery L.
Julian Mohr
116 pages, index, bibliography, photos, illustrations, paperback, Little Miami Publishing Company
This new publication includes letters written by James Gildea to the former General James Barnett in response to his request for company histories from the Civil War. James Fredrick Gildea was born in Port New Parish, Ireland, in 1835. After immigrating to America, the family lived first in Cadiz and then in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he received his education at St. Xavier School. Future moves included Canton and Newark, Ohio, before settling in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. In 1861, Mr. Gildea enlisted in Battery L at Portsmouth and was assigned to Camp Dennison for training.
Price: 14.95 USD

WIDE NEIGHBORHOODS: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service, Mary Breckinridge

5 WIDE NEIGHBORHOODS: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service
Mary Breckinridge
400 pages, paperback, University of Kentucky Press
The autobiography of Mary Breckinridge, the remarkable founder of the Frontier Nursing Service. Riding out on horseback, the FNS nurse-midwives, the first of their profession in this country, proved that high mortality rates and malnutrition need not be the norm in rural areas. By their example and through their graduates, the FNS has exacted a lasting influence on family health care throughout the world.

“A moving and provoking book.”—Nursing Times

“For anyone interested in the Appalachian people, in nursing, or in a woman who had a dream and worked with other women to make that dream a reality, this is an excellent book.”—Ashville Citizen-Times

“This will be a welcome reprint for those who want to know about a dynamic woman who rendered such a worth-while service for her people.”—Back Home in Kentucky

“No Kentuckian should fail to read this story of unequaled dedication, unyielding determination, selfless devotion, resolute courage, and exceptional adventure.”—Ashland Daily Independent

“An intensely personal account by an indomitable woman, born to the purple, who dedicated herself to delivering health care to Eastern Kentucky mothers and babies.”—Louisville Courier-Journal

“This unusual and interesting book is recommended reading for persons interested in the history of medicine, public health medicine, and international health.”—Journal of the History of Medicine
Price: 12.96 USD

Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia, Wayne Winkler

6 Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia
Wayne Winkler
304 pages, 6 x 9, Index, bibliography, paperback / softcover, Mercer University Press
A comprehensive portrait of the "Melungeons."
Walking toward the Sunset is a historical examination of the Melungeons, a mixed-race group predominantly in southern Appalachia. Author Wayne Winkler reviews theories about the Melungeons, compares the Melungeons with other mixed-race groups, and incorporates the latest scientific research to present a comprehensive portrait.
In his telling portrait, Winkler examines the history of the Melungeons and the ongoing controversy surrounding their mysterious origins. Employing historical records, news reports over almost two centuries, and personal interviews, Winkler tells the fascinating story of a people who did not fit the rigid racial categories of American society. Along the way, Winkler recounts the legal and social restrictions suffered by Melungeons and other mixed-race groups, particularly Virginia's 1924 Racial Integrity Act, and he reviews the negative effects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century magazine and journal articles on these reclusive people. Walking toward the Sunset documents the changes in public and private attitudes toward the Melungeons, the current debates over "Melungeon" identity, and the recent genetic studies that have attempted to shed light on the subject. But most importantly, Winkler relates the lives of families who were outsiders in their own communities, who were shunned and shamed, but who created a better life for their children, descendants who are now reclaiming the heritage that was hidden from them for generations.
Other Titles of Interest
The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People
North from the Mountains: A Folk History of the Carmel Melungeon Settlement, Highland County, Ohio
How They Shine: Melungeon Characters in the Fiction of Appalachia

About Author
Wayne Winkler, a Melungeon descendant, is director of public radio station WETS in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is writer and producer of an award-winning radio documentary on the Melungeons, and is president of the Melungeon Heritage Association. He lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee, with wife Andrea and daughter Claire.
Price: 19.00 USD

Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia, William Faricy Condee

7 Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia
William Faricy Condee
224 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, illus., cloth, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
Opera houses were fixtures of Appalachian life from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s. Most towns and cities had at least one opera house during this golden age. Coal mining and railroads brought travelers, money, and change to the region. Many aspects of American life converged in the opera house.
Coal and Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia is a critical appreciation of the opera house in the coal-mining region of Appalachia from the mid-1860s to the early 1930s. Author William Faricy Condee demonstrates that these were multipurpose facilities that were central to the life of their communities. In the era before radio, movies, television, and malls, these buildings were essential. They housed little, if any, opera, but were used for almost everything else, including traveling theater, concerts, religious events, lectures, commencements, boxing matches, benefits, union meetings, and-if the auditorium had a flat floor-skating and basketball.
The only book on opera houses that stresses their cultural context, Condee's unique study will interest cultural geographers, scholars of Appalachian studies, and all those who appreciate the gaudy diversity of the American scene.

About Author
William Faricy Condee is a professor of theater and the director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. He is the author of Theatrical Space: A Guide for Directors and Designers. His articles about theater architecture have appeared in numerous journals in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ohioana Book Award Finalist

“What makes this study of value and also unique is Condee’s approach to the topic. It is a useful analysis of the opera house as a reflector and location of local culture in far more ways than traditional performance. A real attraction is the plentiful illustrations.” —Don B. Wilmeth, editor of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre & Drama and The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2nd ed.)
Price: 34.95 USD


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