|“Making the Mountain Pay”: Hugh Morton’s Grandfather Mountain and the Creation of Wilderness
||As one of the most prominent private tourist attractions in the South, Grandfather Mountain offers an opportunity to examine the evolution of the tourism industry. Hugh Morton, Grandfather Mountain’s owner, also used language invoking natural preserv...
|Piscatorial Protestants: Angling, Religion, and Nature in Nineteenth-Century America
||This thesis focuses on philosophies of George Washington Bethune, Henry Ward Beecher, and Henry Van Dyke, ministers who championed angling as a method to reconcile human nature with the natural world. On the heels of European Enlightenment, nineteen...
|Great Women of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Defining Nature and the National Park Service
||Utilizing the cases of three previously overlooked women—Anne May Davis, Laura Thornburgh, and the Walker Sisters—who participated in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this thesis argues that the GSMNP was representative of this...
|Agrarianism, Industry, the Environment, and Change: Gold Mining in Antebellum North Carolina, 1799-1860
||Using personal correspondence, geological surveys, travelers’ accounts, and tools and methodologies borrowed from other studies of mineral extraction, this thesis argues that gold mining in North Carolina was an important aspect of southern antebellu...