The South: In Bill Moore's Footsteps

I was made to wish for more—more than the mere possible or even the probable. I must pursue the impossible . . . Whether I go forward as Don Quixote chasing his windmill or as the pilgrim progressing must be left for you to decide . . . I can only give my life.

—The Mind in Chains: The Autobiography of a Schizophrenic, William L. Moore

The Sand Mountain area between Chattanooga, Tenn., and Gadsden, Ala., is no place for pilgrims. It is a land of mountaineers who tote rifles in their cars, glare in suspicion...

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