Appalachia in the Making: The Mountain South in the Nineteenth Century

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1995-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Appalachia first entered the American consciousness as a distinct region in the decades following the Civil War. The place and its people have long been seen as backwards and 'other' because of their perceived geographical, social, and economic isolation. These essays, by fourteen eminent historians and social scientists, illuminate important dimensions of early social life in diverse sections of the Appalachian mountains. The contributors seek to place the study of Appalachia within the context of comparative regional studies of the United States, maintaining that processes and patterns thought to make the region exceptional were not necessarily unique to the mountain South. The contributors are Mary K. Anglin, Alan Banks, Dwight B. Billings, Kathleen M. Blee, Wilma A. Dunaway, John R. Finger, John C. Inscoe, Ronald L. Lewis, Ralph Mann, Gordon B. McKinney, Mary Beth Pudup, Paul Salstrom, Altina L. Waller, and John Alexander Williams

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction Taking Exception with Exceptionalismp. 1
Notesp. 18
Cherokee Accommodation and Persistence in the Southern Appalachiansp. 25
Notesp. 44
Speculators and Settler Capitalistsp. 50
Notesp. 68
Newer Appalachia as One of America's Last Frontiersp. 76
Notesp. 96
Race and Racism in Nineteenth-Century Southern Appalachiap. 103
Notesp. 123
Diversity in the Antebellum Appalachian South Four Farm Communities in Tazewell County, Virginiap. 132
Notesp. 157
Economy and Community in Western North Carolina, 1860-1865p. 163
Notesp. 178
Lives on the Margin Rediscovering the Women of Antebellum Western North Carolinap. 185
Notesp. 200
Class, Section, and Culture in Nineteenth-Century West Virginia Politicsp. 210
Notesp. 229
Agriculture and Poverty in the Kentucky Mountainsp. 233
Notesp. 263
Town and Country in the Transformation of Appalachian Kentuckyp. 270
Notesp. 293
Railroads, Deforestation, and the Transformation of Agriculture in the West Virginia Back Counties, 1880-1920p. 297
Notesp. 316
Class Formation in the Southeastern Kentucky Coalfields, 1890-1920p. 321
Notesp. 343
Feuding in Appalachia Evolution of a Cultural Stereotypep. 347
Notesp. 370
Indexp. 381
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