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Destination DixieTourism and Southern History$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042374

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042374.001.0001

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Tourism, Landscape, and History in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tourism, Landscape, and History in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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(p.267) 12 Tourism, Landscape, and History in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Destination Dixie
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Richard D. Starnes

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042374.003.0013

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the National Park system and showcases how the landscape and even southern history were manipulated to develop a particular experience for tourists. Richard D. Starnes’s essay offers an instructive overview of how decisions by park leaders led to an interpretive program focused on the primitive white settlers of the region in the nineteenth century. They did so, he argues, to the exclusion of Native American history, in effect creating an image of the Smokies as a “place in the tourist imagination.”

Keywords:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Smoky Mountains, National Park system, landscape, manipulation, southern history, Nineteenth Century, tourist imagination, white settlers

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