Nation Books, 2010. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #278497
300 pages. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to a previous owner on the title page.
Cultural historian Jeff Biggers takes us to the dark amphitheatre ruins of his family's nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead that has been strip-mined on the edge of the first federally recognized Wilderness Site in southern Illinois. In doing so, he not only comes to grips with his own denied backwoods heritage, but also chronicles a dark and missing chapter in the American experience: the historical nightmare of coal outside of Appalachia, serving as an expose of a secret legacy of shame and resiliency.