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03.08.01 Donald Davidson, The Tennessee, 2 vols.: The Old River: Frontier to Secession; The New River: Civil War to TVA, published in 1946-1948.

Donald Davidson’s, The Tennessee, is in two volumes:  The Old River:  Frontier to Secession;  The New River:  Civil War to TVA.  This history of the Tennessee River valley was written by a premier writer and Agrarian.

These two volumes are part of a 65-volume book project called “Rivers of America.”  For a list of the Southern rivers in this series read an overview of the series at 04.08.02.

More on Donald Davidson

For our overview of Donald Davidson and his works, go to our commentary at 20.00.07.

For our essay on Mountain Music and its role in telling the story of The Tennessee, 21.05.01.

Availability of this Book

Originally published in 1946 and 1948, this book on the Tennessee River was reprinted in 1978 and 1991.  Look for a used book on Amazon or similar resource.

Click on the links below to view the two volumes in this series as posted on