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(May 20, 1920- ) Born in Asheville, North Carolina; educated at Biltmore Junior College in Asheville and Northwestern University. Returned to Appalachia after college, working as a writer, teacher, and lecturer. Currently lives in Newport, Tennessee. Her first book, The French Broad (a volume in the Rivers of America series), appeared in 1955. With husband James Stokely, reported on Montgomery bus boycott, school desegregation in Clinton, Tennessee, and other events in civil rights movement; co-authored Neither Black Nor White (1957) with Stokely. Also published novels (The Tall Woman, 1962; The Far Family, 1966; Return the Innocent Earth, 1973), biographies (Seeds of Southern Change: The Life of Will Alexander, 1962, with James Stokely; Prophet of Plenty: The First Ninety Years of W. D. Weatherford, 1966; Too Many People, Too Little Love, 1974, on Edna Rankin McKinnon, Appalachian family planning advocate), and regional histories (The Southern Appalachian Region: A Survey, 1962; Tennessee: A Bicentennial History, 1975; Highland Homeland: The People of the Great Smokies, 1978, with son James R. Stokely III; With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Kings Mountain, 1978; and At Home in the Smokies: A History Handbook for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1984). Explorations, a collection of essays about the Appalachians, appeared in 1984; Tennessee Woman: An Infinite Variety in 1993.