Appalachia A History

ISBN-10: 0807853682
ISBN-13: 9780807853689
Edition: 2002
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Interweaving social, political, environmental, economic, and popular history, John Alexander Williams chronicles four and a half centuries of the Appalachian past. Along the way, he explores Appalachia's long-contested boundaries and the numerous, often contradictory images that have shaped perceptions of the region as both the essence of America and a place apart. Williams begins his story in the colonial era and describes the half-century of bloody warfare as migrants from Europe and their American-born offspring fought and eventually displaced Appalachia's Native American inhabitants. He depicts the evolution of a backwoods farm-and-forest society, its divided and unhappy fate during the Civil War, and the emergence of a new industrial order as railroads, towns, and extractive industries penetrated deeper and deeper into the mountains. Finally, he considers Appalachia's fate in the twentieth century, when it became the first American region to suffer widespread deindustrialization, and examines the partial renewal created by federal intervention and a small but significant wave of in-migration. Throughout the book, a wide range of Appalachian voices enlivens the analysis and reminds us of the importance of storytelling in the ways the people of Appalachia define themselves and their region.

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Acknowledgments
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Appalachia
Introduction Ghosts, Boundaries, and Names
The Roads to Qualla, 1540-1840
In the Ocean of Mountains, 1790-1870
Blood and Legends, 1860-1920
Standing the Times, 1880-1940
Crisis and Renewal, 1930-2000
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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