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Alex Stewart: Portrait of a Pioneer Paperback – March 1, 1997
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About the Author
John Irwin is an educator-historian and one of the area's leading authorities on the pioneer-frontier culture. He is the founder and director of the nationally-known Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee.
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I loaned out my book a week ago and I just ordered another copy because I "must" read it again right away!
I have mountain property just a few miles away from Newman's Ridge and had never heard of Alex before a friend recently told me about this book. It's great to read about the past - in places I'm very familiar with in rural N.E. Tennessee!
The other comments written here are dead-on - Alex was a true American who lived a life of extreme hardships, yet celebrated even the smallest accomplishments with true humility. He inspires me and is now one of my personal hero's - even though decades have passed since he died.
My Appalachian born grandparents read it cover to cover over and over and then had to travel to the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tenn to see the common items they remembered with Alex throughout the book. John Rice Irwin, the founder of the Museum of Appalachia is a gifted historian and this shines through in any of his books, written to remember the people of Appalachia. He also seeks to capture this throughout his living Appalachian village, the Museum of Appalachia. A MUST visit and A MUST read for any Appalachian native.