Synopses & Reviews
A long out-of-print classic, Lower Piedmont Country is set in northeastern Alabama, although the narrative encompasses the region form the Mississippi Delta to the Virginia Tidewater. The book surveys the history, politics, religion, economy (both rural and industrial), and folkways of the hill-country people as the author knew them during the Depression and war years.
“In this volume the Southern sub-region that lies approximately in a triangle with its points at Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga is affectionately and accurately described by Dr. Nixon, who grew up among its hills and valleys, and who has never lost his love for and understanding of the land and its people. “This homespun book is written in a semi-autobiographical and informal style and is filled with homely comments and folk wisdom that not only charm the reader but also give him confidence in its reality.” – Nashville Banner
This classic examination of the Southern hill-country surveys the history, politics, religion, economy, and folkways of the region as the author knew them in the Great Depression and World War II.
About the Author
H.C. Nixon was born in Merrellton, Calhoun County, Alabama, in 1886. A faculty member at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University, Nixon was a contributor to the Agrarian manifesto,” Ill Take My Stand, in 1930, and was the author of Forty Acres and Steel Mules (1938) and editor of the Vanderbilt University Press. Lower Piedmont Country was first published in 1946. Sarah N. Shouse is on the history faculty at Alabama A and M University in Huntsville.