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Appalachia : A History

Appalachia : A History - 02 edition

Appalachia : A History - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780807853689

ISBN10: 0807853682

Appalachia : A History by John Alexander Williams - ISBN 9780807853689
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Chapel Hill
International: No
Appalachia : A History by John Alexander Williams - ISBN 9780807853689

ISBN13: 9780807853689

ISBN10: 0807853682

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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.

Author Bio

Williams, John Alexander : Appalachian State University

Author or coauthor of five previous books, John Alexander Williams is professor of history at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction : Ghosts, Boundaries, and Names

Chapter 1. The Roads to Qualla, 1540-1840
Chapter 2. In the Ocean of Mountains, 1790-1870
Chapter 3. Blood and Legends, 1860-1920
Chapter 4. Standing the Times, 1880-1940
Chapter 5. Crisis and Renewal, 1930-2000


Illustrations :

McGavock House, Max Meadows, Va.
Mound near Franklin, N.C.
"The Heart of the Blue Ridge," by Kenneth Walsh
Cherokee ballplayers at Qualla, 1913-14
Fraser magnolia
Baptism in eastern Kentucky, 1973
Carrie Severt's quilts and white house
Bear hunter, Great Smoky Mountains, 1920s
Slavery survivor Levi Branham
U.S. troops guarding Tennessee railroad bridge, 1863-64
Revenuers and a confiscated still, 1931
Cherokee homestead, 1888
Daniel Boone Pridemore
Lily Mae Ledford
Home of C. C. Dodson, Knoxville, 1900
Ku Klux Klan funeral, Asheville, 1920s
Girls' hoops, Whitesburg versus Jenkins, 1988
"Stringtown" logging camp in Great Smoky Mountains, Tenn.
Coal cars, Williamson yards, 1935
Scotts Run, W.Va.,1930s
TVA system plaque
W. R. "Pictureman" Mullins boudoir shot
Appalshop filmmakers and woman coal miner, 1982
The Mountaineer as hero and hillbilly
Road cut near Pound Gap
Capitol Street, Charleston, W.Va.
Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River, 1978
Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway
Coffindaffer crosses and trailer park
Mountaintop removal near Racine, W.Va.

Maps :

1. Official Appalachia and the regional core
2. Long-distance routes of early Appalachia
3. Railroads and towns, 1860
4. Counties where violence reported as feuding occurred, 1867-1912
5. Distressed and prosperous counties, 2001

Tables :

2-1. Appalachian Slave and Free Black Populations, 1790-1860
5-1. Distribution of Military Installations, 1955-1990
5-2. Federal Spending in West Virginia and the U.S., 1983-1995
5-3. Federal Spending in the U.S. and Appalachian Kentucky and North Carolina, 1985-1995
5-4. Federal Expenditures in Mountain and Nonmountain Counties of Georgia and Virginia, 1995
5-5. Population Change, 1940-2000
5-6. Federal Spending in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania (Scranton), and Madison County, Alabama
5-7. Congressional Medal of Honor Winners