• Title: Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina (Environmental History and the American South)
  • Author: Kathryn Newfont
  • Released: 2012-02-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 400
  • ISBN: 0820341258
  • ISBN13: 978-0820341255
  • ASIN: 0820341258
Review

"The Blue Ridge forests, and the human communities they have sustained, have found in Kathryn Newfont an historian who deftly captures their cultural significance and environmental import. Blue Ridge Commons provides a close reading of local aspirations and needs, and suggests how what has happened in these particular mountains also has been manifest across the nation and globe. It is an inspired contribution to the writing of American environmental history."—Char Miller, author of Ground Work: Conservation in American Environmental Culture



"Very well written and carefully researched, Blue Ridge Commons breaks new ground in Appalachian history and in our broader understanding of the politics of environmental movements. Newfont's central premise, the idea of commons environmentalism, is timely both for historians and for environmental activists, and her book will be recognized down the road, I believe, as a seminal publication that helped to change the way we understand Appalachian culture and its complex relationship to the land."—Ronald Eller, author of Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945




“Newfont’s book is not just eye opening but very well written.”—Paul Salstrom, The North Carolina Historical Review



Blue Ridge Commons makes a valuable contribution to the growing field of southern environmental history. . . . Anyone ever left deeply unsatisfied by the rhetorical dichotomy of ‘jobs-versus-the-environment’ will find great satisfaction in the framework of commons environmentalism and the new ways Newfont helps us understand. . .”—Sarah Mittlefehldt, Journal of Southern History


About the Author

Kathryn Newfont is an associate professor of history and faculty chair for the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill College.


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