All photography provided by Luke Manget and Daniel Manget
This website—very much a work in progress—is dedicated to teaching and learning the nature, history, and culture of the southern mountain region that encompasses parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. My hope is that one day soon, you will find an array of articles, photo essays, blogs, and digital exhibits created by students, scholars, activists, and whoever else shares an interest in the region. If you are an educator and you think your students' work would fit in well on this site, or if you are interested in creating content, please contact me.
This website is a consolidation of a few different initiatives started by me and my brother, Daniel Manget. In 2014, we started a blog (the original thesouthernhighlander.org) to share our thoughts, knowledge, and expertise on the region that we called home. Daniel, an environmental educator who works for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, wrote articles on the nature and ecology of the region, and I, an historian specializing in environmental history, southern history, and Appalachian history, contributed articles featuring my research into the region's history. As a Lecturer in history at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, I had the privilege of teaching a course on Appalachian History in the spring of 2018. Wanting to find some way to showcase my students' work on the region and realizing that there were precious few independent, scholarly websites aimed at exploring the region, I created the current website you are now looking at. While this project is in its infancy, I envision it as a place where scholars, students, and the interested public can come to learn more about the region's history, its unique ecology, and the many challenges it faces today. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any thoughts or ideas about how to improve the website, please don't hesitate to contact me.