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From Fact to Fiction: The Removals of Families for Shenandoah National Park

This course will examine the culture and families of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which later became Shenandoah National Park. First-person sources, photographs, music, letters, and other cultural artifacts of the families will set the foundation for understanding the removals in the period of industrialization, eugenics, and modernization in the United States. The instructor will also discuss the process of writing fact to fiction in developing her novel and staying true to the history of the removals and time period. Recommended reading is Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, but is not required.


Margaret Marangione is a Professor of American and Appalachian Literature at Blue Ridge Community College. Her forthcoming novel, Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, tells the story of family removals and will be published in Summer 2022 by Moonshine Cove Press.

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