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Jason Howard and Silas House's Something's Rising was published by The University Press of Kentucky in 2009 and was deemed "a revelatory work" by the late Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Studs Terkel. Featuring essays about and oral histories of thirteen activists fighting mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, Something's Rising has been hailed as a landmark book.
Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something’s Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining in the coalfields of Central Appalachia. The book features both well-known activists and people who are rarely in the media, including Jean Ritchie, “the mother of folk”; Judy Bonds, a tough-talking coal miner’s daughter; Jack Spadaro, a heroic whistleblower; Kathy Mattea, the beloved country music singer; Denise Giardina, a celebrated writer who ran for governor to bring attention to the issue; and many more.
"Something's Rising is a humble call to those who believe that man is capable of all things." --The Washington Times
"In this powerful volume, the authors give voice to people trying to save their mining towns." --Southern Living
"A landmark of oral history." --The Courier-Journal
"In Something's Rising, we read about children playing on creek bottoms coated with carcinogens and in streams full of dead fish. But we also hear about ordinary Appalachian people overcoming fear and fatalism to stand up for their homes and for God's creation." --Sojourners
"Something's Rising gives the reader a window into traditional Appalachian values and culture, and their attachment to a rugged and beautiful landscape that is quickly disappearing beneath coal-company bulldozers." --Lexington Herald-Leader