Stories Of 'Appalachia' Unearthed In PBS Series A new PBS series traces the history of the people, wildlife and geology of the Appalachian mountains. The creators of Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People discuss the rich stories that have emerged from one of Earth's oldest mountain ranges.

Stories Of 'Appalachia' Unearthed In PBS Series

Stories Of 'Appalachia' Unearthed In PBS Series

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A new, four-part series traces the history of the people, wildlife and geology of the Appalachian mountains. The creators of Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People discuss the rich stories that have emerged from one of Earth's oldest mountain ranges.

The series investigates Appalachia's many generations of inhabitants — from the first humans who settled in the mountains 14,000 years ago, to the Native Americans and Europeans who fought over the land, to current-day Appalachian residents.

The documentary illustrates the relationship between Appalachia's people and the landscape; how the environment has shaped the residents, but also how residents have tried — with often drastically damaging results — to shape the environment.

Filmmakers Jamie Ross (director and writer) and Ross Spears (producer and writer) explain how today's residents connect with the history of the region. Ronald Eller, a consultant for Appalachia and the author of Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945, discusses the new series.