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Marking Time: East Tennessee Historical Markers and the Stories Behind Them

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The roadside historical markers of East Tennessee highlight the fascinating personalities and significant events of a culturally and historically rich region. Forthree years, Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Fred Brown presented the storiesbehind the local markers placed by the Tennessee Historical Commission. He searchedthe highways and back roads of East Tennessee, tracking down markers with directionsthat were sometimes no more specific than ?Highway 11, Greene County.?Arranged by county, the entries link East Tennessee?s past and present and highlightthe enormous diversity of the state?s history from its prehistoric past through its involvement in World War II. The markers detail bitter struggles with Native Americans in the eighteenth century, but also explain the unique contribution of Cherokee culture and civilization, such as Sequoyah?s development of the Cherokee syllabary. Brown commemorates the numerous Civil War sites throughout the region, but he also includes the service of East Tennesseans in later wars. One marker commemorates Kiffin Yates Rockwell, a founding pilot of the Lafayete Escadrille, a famed squadron of aviators in World War I. Another marker details the achievements of Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser of Greene County, who was posthumously decorated for his leadership of a First Marine Division Rifle Platoon on Okinawa.The markers also showcase East Tennessee?s unique political history. They tell thestory of the ?lost state? of Franklin in the 1780s and record the region?s efforts to secede from the state when Tennessee left the Union in 1861. Brown?s narrative also explains the nature of opposing political factions throughout the decades through the biographies of their leaders, such as Elihu Embree, a Quaker abolitionist who founded an antislavery paper in East Tennessee.From the vantage of the armchair or out on the road, Marking Time is a surprisingand engaging trip on the byways of East Tennessee?s politics, culture, and history through the stories of the men and women who shaped the state.

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Describing historical markers in East Tennessee, Brown, who writes for the Knoxville News Sentinel, presents stories behind them--many published in different versions in the newspaper. Organized by county, the stories, about topics such as Cherokee Indians, wars, David Crockett, Andrew Johnson, and Pigeon Forge, are mostly based on information from sources at the Calvin McClung Historical Collection at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville. Each chapter covers several markers, how to get to them, and sometimes a list of others not detailed in the book. Indexes are divided by proper names and markers.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Describing historical markers in East Tennessee, Brown, who writes for the Knoxville News Sentinel, presents stories behind them--many published in different versions in the newspaper. Organized by county, the stories, about topics such as Cherokee Indians, wars, David Crockett, Andrew Johnson, and Pigeon Forge, are mostly based on information from sources at the Calvin McClung Historical Collection at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville. Each chapter covers several markers, how to get to them, and sometimes a list of others not detailed in the book. Indexes are divided by proper names and markers. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Fred Brown is a feature writer and senior writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel and past president of the Knoxville Writers Guild. He is coauthor of Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith and the author of Growing Up Southern: How the South Shapes Writers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572333307
Author:
Brown, Fred
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Subject:
Historic sites
Subject:
History, Local
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
HIS036120
Subject:
Tennessee, East - History, Local
Subject:
Historic sites - Tennessee, East
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrations
Pages:
375
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Travel » North America » United States » Southern States

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