Mountain Voices: A Legacy of the Blue Ridge and Great Smokies
8 ½ x 11
Sam Ervin, foreword
Published in 1988
For generations the rugged mountain folk of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains lived out their lives in remote hollows and coves, largely cut off from the outside world.
Today that way of life is vanishing as tourists and developers descend on this magnificent country. Yet much of the past lives on, especially in the memories of native mountaineers.
In this remarkable volume, Warren Moore documents life in the Southern Appalachians. For five years she lived and worked among the mountain people of North Carolina, photographing their daily lives and recording thousands of hours of oral history.
Moore selected the most compelling of these photographs and stories for this authentic portrait of a unique pocket of rural America. These strong, self-reliant mountain people tell us, with great force and clarity, how they see themselves and their world.
In these pages mountain people tell us how they till the soil, marry, survive floods, make moonshine, hunt bear, carve wood, make quilts, raise barns, build roads, put up food, make brooms, gather herbs, keep bees, cut timber, run country stores, settle disputes, and bury their dead.
The 180 contributors represent a wide cross section of the mountain population—farmers, homemakers, carpenters, coon hunters, lawyers, college professors, mountain musicians, ministers, craftspeople, and Cherokee Indians. The book’s final section features a photograph of, and biographical note on, each contributor.
This rich, inspiring portrait places Mountain Voices on a par with similar classics such as Studs Terkel’s Working and Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways.
You’ll find that these voices—with their earthy wisdom and quiet contentment—will remain with you long after you turn the final page.
“[Warren Moore’s] affection and respect shine through every sentence, every photograph. She reveals to us the luminous as well as the shadowed. Her book is an engaging and perdurable treasure.”
Fred Chappell, author and poet
“There are few among us who will come away without an appreciation of these hardy, self-reliant folk.”
Carl Ross, former director, Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University