Appalachia: A History / Edition 1

Appalachia: A History / Edition 1

by John Alexander Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807853682

ISBN-13: 9780807853689

Pub. Date: 04/29/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807853689
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/29/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
334,426
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Ghosts, Boundaries, and Names1
Ch. 1The Roads to Qualla, 1540-184019
Ch. 2In the Ocean of Mountains, 1790-187083
Ch. 3Blood and Legends, 1860-1920157
Ch. 4Standing the Times, 1880-1940225
Ch. 5Crisis and Renewal, 1930-2000309
Notes399
Bibliography419
Index439

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