By Margaret Lynn Brown
Explores the social, political, and environmental adjustments within the nice Smoky Mountains through the nineteenth & twentieth centuries. even supposing this nationwide park is frequently portrayed as a triumph of renovation, Brown concludes that the most important forested sector within the jap US is absolutely a re-created wilderness-a fabricated from recovery & even manipulation of the land. Park administration keeps to waffle among transferring perspectives of wasteland, negotiating the contradictory undertaking of marketing tourism and renovation.
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I am also grateful that my oldest sister, Ann Linnea, sincerely believed a bookworm wanted to climb sheer rock faces; canoe against the wind in the rain; or go winter camping in below-zero temperatures. She hoped I would enjoy the challenge; instead, I discov- Page xviii ered the strength in facing fears. " Still, it is hard to forget those people who tell you exactly what you need to hear during that long struggle toward adulthood. As one of 55,000 students at the University of Minnesota, I cherished Dr.
Cherokee did not get its first paved road until 1927. 4 Cherokee and white farmers shared this outlying landscape, but history kept them divided. The ancestors of white farmers participated in the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma along the Trail of Tears in 1838. During the Civil War, the Thomas Legion of Cherokees served in the Confederate army, whereas many mountain whites remained loyal republicans. At the turn of the century, Cherokees faced continual pressure from the government to send their children to boarding schools, which sought to eradicate all native cultural traditions.
One white man living on Forney Creek reported his full-time occupation as "fishing," but he may have been making a joke Page 17 at the census-taker's expense. In fact, many mountain people expressed concern about overfishing by outside sportsmen. In 1885, Cataloochee farmer Will Palmer helped get a law passed in North Carolina making it illegal for anyone to offer trout for sale or to fish in Cataloochee Creek or any of its tributaries without permission from the residents. Not long afterward two Cataloochee boys, Glenn Palmer and Bob Ewart, told their families they would be searching for lost cattle on Beech Ridge when they "stole out" fishing on Lost Bottom Creek.