Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians by Donald DavisWhere There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians by Donald Davis

Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians

byDonald Davis

Paperback | March 10, 2003

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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.

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.
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Title:Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern AppalachiansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 23 inPublished:March 10, 2003Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820324949

ISBN - 13:9780820324944

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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