Author to present program on moonshine, fast cars
Published 3:21 pm Monday, February 17, 2020
Dr. Daniel S. Pierce will be the speaker for the Stanly County Historical Society’s program, in partnership with the Albemarle Parks & Recreation, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Albemarle Neighborhood Theatre (the old Central School) on North Third Street in Albemarle.
Pierce has written numerous books. The most recent one, “Tarheel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World,” will be the topic of his presentation.
Pierce is a professor of history and distinguished interdisciplinary professor of the mountain south at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
He teaches courses in Appalachian, North Carolina, Southern and environmental history.
He is a graduate of Western Carolina University (B.S.Ed.), the University of Alabama (M.A. History) and the University of Tennessee (Ph.D. History).
Pierce’s book has many references to Stanly County’s Joe Carter, who was a special agent with the U.S. Treasury ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) Bureau.
The Nov. 16-17, 2019 edition of the Stanly News & Press included a book review by D.G. Martin about the latest book written by Pierce.
In addition to “Tarheel Lightnin’: How Secret Stills and Fast Cars Made North Carolina the Moonshine Capital of the World” (UNC Press, October 2019), Pierce is also the author of “The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park” (UT Press, 2000), “Corn From a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains” (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2013), “Hazel Creek: The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community” (Great Smoky Mountains Association, March 2017) and the first comprehensive history of early NASCAR, “Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France” (UNC Press, 2010).
He has also collaborated with Nashville poster artist Joel Anderson to produce the “Illustrated Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”
His work has been published in The New York Times, Southern Cultures, Smokies Life magazine and numerous encyclopedias, including the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
He has appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” The History Channel, CMT, HBO Canada, “North Carolina People” with William Friday, “North Carolina Bookwatch” and the South Carolina ETV Emmy Award-winning program “Take on the South.”
The program “Moonshine and Fast Cars” is free, but registration in advance is encouraged.
Call the Stanly County History Center 704-986-3777. Include name, telephone number and the number in the group. Or register online at historicstanly.org and select the Event Registration tab. Enter the information required and then click submit to complete the online registration.