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Great Smoky Mountains Featured in New Book

Local author releases new book featuring stunning collection of vintage images

Nov. 19, 2012 - PRLog -- New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Postcard History Series is The Great Smoky Mountains National Park by local author Adam H. Alfrey. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

For centuries, the majesty and mystery of the Great Smoky Mountains have lured mankind. The Cherokee were among the first to build thriving communities here, and backcountry frontiersmen were next to put down roots. In time visitors arrived eager to take in the cool mountain air and returned home with stories of “hillbillies.” Then, those who used the mountains for their own advantages came such as lumber barons, armed with steam shovels and skidders.

Eventually, civic boosters from western North Carolina and east Tennessee took note and began advocating for the protection of the Great Smoky Mountains. Before a national park could be established, though, there were competing interests to be sorted and a consideration of the lives affected.

Highlights of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park include:
•   Draws attention to the region’s photographers such as James E. “Jim” Thompson, E.C. “Jack” Huff, Walter M. Cline Sr., Louis E. Jones, and George Masa and the role their images played in the campaign to establish the national park and subsequently in attracting tourists to the mountains
•   Showcases a number of rare postcards held by private collectors
•   Deals with regional stereotypes such as the “liquored-up hillbilly” and the “teepee-housed Indian” and the role these stereotypes played in the creation of the national park and the perpetuation of tourism

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town? Visit arcadiapublishing.com.

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