Packed with information about the people, culture, and environment of this mountainous region of America... lovingly written and one that was long thought out and researched. -- Malcolm L. Comeaux, Arizona State University Appalachian Folkways is very comprehensive and abundantly reveals John Rehder's profound depth of expertise on this region. No such comprehensive study of Appalachian folklife presently exists, nor do any older works achieve this breadth of coverage. Expertise leaps from every page. -- Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov, The University of Texas at Austin
John B. Rehder is a professor of geography at the University of Tennessee. His previous book, Delta Sugar: Louisiana's Vanishing Plantations, won the Vernacular Architecture Forum's 2000 Abbott Lowell Cummings Award and is also available from Johns Hopkins.
Rehder obviously loves Appalachia and seeks to present it honestly, completely and positively. -- Julie Baxter Winston-Salem Journal Rehder's book is one of the best about Appalachia... A very good and accurate reference for persons interested in the region and in cultural geography in general. -- Greg Langley Baton Rouge Advocate An important work that must be read by anyone interested in developing a comprehensive knowledge of southern Appalachia. Choice An enjoyable and enlightening excursion through the cultural geography of Southern Appalachia. -- Katie Algeo Southeastern Geographer An informative and entertaining look into the 'culture hearth' of the southern Appalachian Mountains... a distinctive cultural center in America. -- James E. Bird CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewarship An engaging book to read... I plan to use this book the next time I teach my course on the Sociology of Appalachian Culture. -- Susan H. Ambler Journal of East Tennessee History In this comprehensive, in-depth look at the distinct cultural region of Southern Appalachia, Rehder emphasizes that the mosaic of identities present in Southern Appalachia cannot be generalized. -- Carol Ann Gillespie Ph.D. Journal of Cultural Geography Rehder's book is one of the best about Appalachia... A very good and accurate reference for persons interested in the region and in cultural geography. -- Greg Langley Sunday Advocate Rehder obviously loves Appalachia and seeks to present it honestly, completely and positively. -- Barbara Bamberger Scott Winston-Salem Journal Rehder demonstrates an honest curiosity and a heart-felt appreciation of rural lifeways, which enrich his study and add to its popular appeal. -- Sara M. Gregg Agricultural History An intriguing regional geography. -- Barbara G. Shortridge Professional Geographer Readers looking for an encyclopedic, detailed and well-researched account of cultural traits... sprinkled with Rehder's anecdotes and colorful language, will benefit greatly. -- Nicholas Bauch Cultural Geographies A valuable contribution to Appalachian literature. -- Loretta J. LeMay Journal of Appalachian Studies I assign the book for my 'Geography of Appalachia' course because of its many strengths. -- George Towers Geographical Review