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Wetherington examines the local effects of the Civil War on a section of southern Georgia, in part of the region known as Wiregrass Country. The author looks closely at the experiences of white "plain folk"—mostly yeoman farmers and craftspeople—who feared that emancipation would encourage freed slaves to move from cotton plantations into the piney woods communities they had claimed for themselves.
While Waller's study is invaluable for Americanists, she has written an engaging work that, quite simply, is an enjoyable read.
In her remarkably detailed analysis, Waller explains what legend does not.
Georgann Eubanks, Washington Monthly
- Publisher's Weekly
The now legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud has served as America's answer to Romeo and Juliet for over a century. In this insightful work, Waller, a history professor at SUNY-Plattsburgh, debunks assumptions that a blighted romance or strong family ties were central to the hostilities. She convincingly argues that the feud operated on several levels: as a clash between an emerging national industrial culture, whose proponents, for reasons of self-aggrandizement, allied themselves with the McCoys, and the autonomous and local mountain culture that the Hatfields embodied; between the south and the north; and between the states of Kentucky and West Virginia. In the process, Waller demonstrates how and why Hatfield-McCoy myths arose and how stereotypes of the feud ``consigned the mountaineers to the unreal world of savagery . . . and industrialization . . . could proceed much more smoothly.'' Demographic data unfold dramatically, and, utilizing eclectic sources, she illuminates both the era and the complex cast of characters involved in the 12-year feud (her portrait of leader ``Devil Anse'' Hatfield is particularly sensitive). A pictorial essay adds another dimension to an already rich piece of scholarship. While Waller's study is invaluable for Americanists, she has written an engaging work that, quite simply, is an enjoyable read. (June)
In this revisionist study, Waller establishes the familiar social morphology of post-Civil War Appalachia, a traditional precapitalist world on the threshold of penetration by Eastern mining, railroad, and timber companies. Chronicling a far more intricate picture of social change than previous studies, she describes the clash of religion, politics, family, community, and frontier law against which the bloody, 12-year feud was played out. Her observations are fresh and often demythologizing: the law-abiding character of the mountaineers, their predestinarian religion, the impact of national forces on a cohesive, autonomous preindustrial society. The work of an enlightened and skeptical intelligence. Milton Cantor, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst