Twelve East Tennessee writers share stories from their own experiences, their families and their communities. In this collection are true accounts of Revolutionary War-era ancestors, Native Americans, civil rights pioneers, coal miners, mill workers, teachers, soldiers, orphans, feuding mountaineers and even a murderer. These writers reveal the rich and varied heritage of Southern Appalachia while giving voice to stories that transcend regional limitations.
Edited by Brennan LeQuire, Nancy McEntee, and Jennifer W. Spirko.
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Foothills Voices: Echoes of Southern Appalachia (vol. 2), 2019
The voices in this volume echo with a pitch, tone, and diversity that reflects the Appalachian region itself. Their stories deal with life and death, hard work, and aspects of Appalachian life from intimate family stories to global issues as they played out in these hills and valleys. They reflect a region whose vibrancy and depth has, at times, been stereotyped inaccurately and unfairly.
Edited by Jim Stovall.
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Ole Bert: Sage of the Smokies, 2019
By H.C. “Woody” Brinegar. Edited by James Glen Stovall.
Described as “more Thoreau than Thoreau himself,” Bert’s travels took him across the country, settling for short spells in Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and other locales, but he always returned to the mountains he loved. Originally penned by Woody Brinegar in 1982, this volume was first published as a home-made production to distribute to Bert’s old friends. It collects sketches of events from his boyhood in the late 1800s until his death in 1970.
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The One I Knew Best of All, 2019
By Frances Burnett. Edited by James Stovall.
This remarkable and often-overlooked autobiographical novel is by the author of Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden. In 1865, Frances Burnett moved with her family from affluent big-city life in Manchester, England to near-frontier conditions in East Tennessee, where she began her writing career. The story, told from a child’s point of view, describes the emotions of the “Small Person” (herself) who encounters relatives, friends, and adults. She meets the realities of death and loss and the joys of achievement and friendship.
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Loyal Mountaineers: The Civil War Memoirs of Will McTeer, 2019
Will McTeer grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee, a state that reluctantly seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy. He might have easily cast his lot with the Confederacy, but he did not. In 1862, he made his way past Confederate patrols to Cumberland Gap, joining what became the Third Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, risking ostracism and uncertainty. McTeer gives us an exciting but modest account of his reasoning and actions.
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Vietnam Voices: Stories of East Tennesseans Who Served in Vietnam, 1965-1975 (vol. 1), 2019
Thirteen Veterans currently living in East Tennessee share their stories of the divisive 10-year Vietnam conflict. The editors conducted interviews—available at Blount County Public Library—in 2019 and hope to continue building upon this collection. This book features illustrations from the Vietnam Combat Artists Program.
Edited by Ed Caudill, William Minser, and Jim Stovall.
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