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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.

Synopsis:

In this comprehensive history of the Appalachian region, Williams weaves social, political, environmental, economic, and popular history together to present a readable narrative that spans four and a half centuries.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807853689
Author:
Williams, John Alexander
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Williams, John Alexande
Author:
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Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Appalachian Region
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Ohio, New York
Subject:
Sociology, rural
Subject:
Appalachian Region History.
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, 30 illus., 8 tables, 5 maps
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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