Our Southern Highlanders: A History and Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and a Study of Life Among the Mountaineers
Travel author Horace Kephart discusses the culture of Appalachia he observed while living in a mountain cabin for several months at the start of the 20th century.
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Travel author Horace Kephart discusses the culture of Appalachia he observed while living in a mountain cabin for several months at the start of the 20th century. This edition contains all of his original photographs. An honest account of the old Appalachian culture, Our Southern Highlanders attests to rugged yet proud communities well-adapted to rough terrain. We discover a people who have carved out an existence through sheer grit and persistence; the hardships of mountain life are evident in the worn faces and attire. Though the region is secluded, the inhabitants aren't cut off - trade is regular, and many locals are descended from Irish, Scots and English immigrants to North America. Recording conversations and photographing the most noteworthy sights of his stay, Kephart strives to portray the Appalachian region fairly. Although known for his travel writing - a craft usually aimed to encourage and inform potential visitors to a given place - Our Southern Highlanders carries a journalistic element.