Not all Americans have been welcomed to enjoy the great outdoors. A discussion on the racist past of America’s national parks, plus the overlooked history of the Appalachian Trail.
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Conquering the Trail
Rodney Bragdon (Shenandoah University)
From start to finish, the Appalachian Trail covers a whopping 2,181 miles. Rodney Bragdon dishes on the toughest challenges he experienced while through-hiking the entire trail.
Jim Crow in the Great Outdoors
Erin Devlin (University of Mary Washington)
Camping, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors are American pastimes. But for African Americans, gathering in public spaces has long been fraught. Erin Devlin discusses the racism that was built into our America’s national parks.
The Importance of Leaving No Trace
Jeff Marion (Virginia Tech)
Jeff Marion studies visitor impact on the Appalachian Trail and worries we might be loving it to death.
The Many Histories of the Appalachian Trail
Mills Kelley (George Mason University)
From its Native American roots to hiking fashion trends, Mills Kelly traces the often overlooked history of the Appalachian Trail.
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