New Book: Historical Fiction Adventure about the Birth of a Truly Original American Folk Tradition: “Clogging” in Journey to the Mountain-A Roots Tale

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A new book using an historical fiction adventure story to uncover the multi-ethnic roots of a truly original American folk dance tradition, "Clogging," and the origins of the Southern Appalachian culture in which it was created.

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Steve Levitt uncovers the origins of a truly original American folk tradition, “Clogging,” and explores the roots of Southern Appalachian Mountain and North Carolina culture with the publication of “Journey to the Mountain-A Roots Tale.”

“Journey to the Mountain-A Roots Tale” takes the reader on an adventure filled with authentic historical and cultural details about: The Cherokee Indian Nation and “Trail of Tears;” The Irish “Potato Blight” and Emigration to America; The European Migration down “The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road;” The African Slave Trade and American Slavery; The Origins of North Carolina Southern Appalachian Mountain Culture; and The Roots of a surviving American Folk Tradition: “Clogging.”

The book uses four simultaneous and converging stories about the harrowing life journeys of the main characters to explore the history and challenges confronted by those who came to America and created the Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and the music and dance that represent it. The book is very carefully researched.

“Incredible story, wonderful history, eye opening, thought provoking and heart rending. What a connection,” writes Jessica Knorr, K-12 Reading Teacher.

This book supports Standard Course of Study Teaching Objectives in schools throughout the U.S. and can be enjoyed and inform readers from 4th grade to adult. An extensive Study Guide for School and Home provides many creative projects and resources.

“If you enjoy 'clogging' and want to learn about the true origins of this American folk dance tradition, or if you are a teacher or student interested in North Carolina and Southern Appalachian history, this book will interest you,” says Steve Levitt.

“Journey to the Mountain-A Roots Tale” is available for Preview and Purchase along with information about the author at the world’s fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books.

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Steve Levitt is a Southern Appalachian percussive dancer, choreographer, musician and storyteller who performs in schools in North Carolina where he has lived for more than 30 years.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Levitt 919-563-9527


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