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Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander

Frank Adams with Myles Horton

John F. Blair, Publisher
$12.95 paperback
6 x 9   
255 pages
Published in 1975

Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. We develop leadership and help create and support strong, democratic organizations that work for justice, equality and sustainability in their own communities and that join with others to build broad movements for social, economic and restorative environmental change.


“The story of Highlander is truly a saga; as is the life of its founder, Myles Horton. I can think of neither a place nor a man, who more represents the strength of the independent American spirit. In Highlander and in Horton is the fusion of learning and life. It’s what education is all about; or should be.” —Studs Terkel, author
Unearthing Seeds of Fire is an exciting account of an impossible dream. A dream that has become true at Highlander that the poor and dispossessed can learn how to learn.” —Jack London, University of California, Nairobi Study Center
“. . . a history of leaders and groups who are ahead of their time, who resist prevailing trends.” —Harvard Educational Review, Editorial introduction to a pre-publication excerpt
“. . . challenges the popular view of schools as neutral institutions.” —LEARNING: The Magazine for Creative Teaching