340 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 65 illus.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4503-5
Published: June 1995
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Awards & distinctions
1996 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award, Western North Carolina Historical Association
About the Author
J. W. Williamson is professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and editor of Appalachian Journal. He is author of Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films and coeditor of Interviewing Appalachia.
For more information about J. W. Williamson, visit the Author Page.
“This book is highly likely to become a work as enduring as its popular subject.”--Southern Cultures
"Convincing and well documented."--Choice
"Bold, adept, and often shrewd. . . . Rarely has so much rich food for thought been served with such panache."--Journal of Southern History
"A complex, entertaining, and insightful book."--Journal of American History
"For this splendid book Williamson should be given some kind of prize. . . . It is that good. The questions Williamson raises have far-reaching implications."--Journal of American Culture
"Will be of value to those interested in film and popular culture, to those concerned with the invention (or continual reinvention) of Appalachia, and to those who just enjoy a good read. . . . An instant classic, required reading for hillbillies everywhere. Ma and Pa Kettle give it two thumbs up."--West Virginia History