Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South

Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South

by John C. Inscoe
     
 

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John C. Inscoe is a luminary in the field of Appalachian studies. He has spent much of his career exploring the social, economic, and political significance of slavery and race in the mountain South as well as the complex nature of the region's Civil War loyalties and the brutal guerrilla warfare that stemmed from those divisions. Using intimate vignettes to focus

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John C. Inscoe is a luminary in the field of Appalachian studies. He has spent much of his career exploring the social, economic, and political significance of slavery and race in the mountain South as well as the complex nature of the region's Civil War loyalties and the brutal guerrilla warfare that stemmed from those divisions. Using intimate vignettes to focus on individuals, families, and communities, he keeps the human dimension at the forefront of his analysis. In this collection of essays, produced over the past two decades, Inscoe devotes equal attention to how historical truths have been reshaped by later generations with vastly differing agendas. Blending fact and fiction, reality and perception, Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South represents a multifaceted embodiment of a unique time and place in American history.

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"Inscoe's writing style is engaging, and his interdisciplinary approach to Appalachian themes will intrigue…readers" —Mary A. Waalkes, North Carolina Historical Review" —

"Inscoe is at his best in this and other essays examining class interests, regional leadership and history, and gendered responses to war" —Mary A. Waalkes, North Carolina Historical Review" —

"Readers will be reminded that some historians approach the past with creativity and that Inscoe has made a significant contribution to the current understanding of southern Appalachia's place within the South and the nation." —Tom Lee, The Journal of American History" —

"[Inscoe] uses a wide range of relative case studies to support his insights about wartime conditions in the unusual case of Appalachia. Furthermore, the work is especially valuable because no other book deals with this broad topic." —John Cimprich, American Historical Review" —

"Using letters, journals, and memoirs of slaves, slaveholders, and abolitionists, Inscoe explores the reality of slavery and racial attitudes of the times, and how these beliefs have been misunderstood and distorted from the 19th century up to the present day." —Goldenseal" —

"Throughout the collection Inscoe successfully challenges previous perceptions of Appalachia, showing how it is both less coherent as a separate region and more southern than commonly thought. Race, War, and Remembrance will change how people conceptualize Appalachia." —West Virginia History" —

"What ultimately charms the reader is Inscoe's wonderful eye for stories."—Virginia Magazine of History and Biography" —

"This book will be a boon to readers interested in easily accessing some of the region's most important scholarship." —Ohio Valley History" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813193007
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
0.92(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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