The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress in Appalachia
Book: The New Road: I-26 and the Footprints of Progress in Appalachia , by Amberg, ISBN10: 1930066678, ISBN13: 9781930066670, University of Georgia Press, December 2009, Hardcover
Rob Amberg is a photographer from Madison County, North Carolina. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Documentary Studies, and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His first book, Sodom Laurel Album, received the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award of the Western North Carolina Historical Association. Find out more about Amberg and his work at www.robamberg.com.
Rob Amberg’s examination of the construction of a nine-mile section of Interstate 26 is a moving study of the effect of road building on landscape and culture. In 1994, Amberg began documenting the progress of the largest earth moving project in state history through the most rural and rugged reaches of Madison County, North Carolina. Using oral histories, narrative writing, and photographs, The New Road explores the inherent tensions and contradictions faced by an Appalachian community trying to balance progress and preservation.
Jasmine Rizer - Moonshine: A Journal of the Arts
[A]t once a memoir of childhood, the story of a hometown, and something more than either of these things.... It is not only Cauthen's skill as a writer, but also her exhaustive research, that makes her narrative compelling. She...draws on numerous recorded interviews with some of Alachua County's oldest residents to make her picture of the place and its history.... Pieces of the region's more general history...are handed out in lively style, and in chunks small enough to remain interesting even to non-history buffs.
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