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Saturday, June 11, 2011

East Tennessee, the Switzerland of America

Aaron Astor, who teaches history at Maryville College in Tennessee, has an interesting article in NY Times, in which he addresses the way East Tennessee responded to secession during the Civil War:




  • As it happens, I actually did visit Tennessee twice - once it was Memphis, the other time Knoxville. The Knoxville visit was the most interesting, as we were hosted at a software company that was run from a farm that belonged to the founder of the company (and owner of the farm). This is when I learned some of the history facts related to the Civil War when TN itself split, as only part of the state joined the Confederation. As to the landscape, I would compare the area around Knoxville described in the article to Bucovina rather then to Switzerland.

    By Blogger Dan Romascanu, at 3:27 AM  

  • Dan, you have a very interesting life and I enjoy reading your stories; it's a bit like journeying with you all over the globe. As for your mention of E. Tennessee looking rather like Bucovina, you could be right. I think we should invite Aaron Astor, the author of the article (who is a Facebook friend, so it should not be a problem inviting him) to visit Bucovina one day. He seems to be a fine fellow, knowing a lot of history (his profession), and it would be great to have you and him joining me, let's say in Vatra Dornei, or at Putna, to have a glass of wine and to listen stories each other.

    By Blogger Pierre Radulescu, at 11:37 AM  

  • I am in. You are in. I already know the place to stay overnight in Putna and what wine to order. More than two thirds of the deal is closed. Now we only need to convince Aaron to join.

    By Blogger Dan Romascanu, at 11:02 AM  

  • Sounds good

    By Blogger Pierre Radulescu, at 1:27 PM  

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