Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War's Aftermath

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Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War's Aftermath

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Families, communities, and the nation itself were irretrievably altered by the Civil War and the subsequent societal transformations of the nineteenth century. The repercussions of the war incited a broad range of unique problems in Appalachia, including political dynamics, racial prejudices, and the regional economy. This book reveals life in Appalachia after the ravages of the Civil War, an unexplored area that has left a void in historical literature. Addressing a gap in the chronicles of America, this anthology explores little-known aspects of history with a particular focus on the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction periods. It features a broad geographic focus: chapters cover postwar events in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. This approach provides an intimate portrait of Appalachia as a diverse collection of communities where the values of place and family are of crucial importance.

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2581-7

eISBN

978-0-8131-7378-8 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-3976-0 (epub version)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.001.0001

Keywords

Civil War, Social transformation, Appalachia, Racial prejudices, Reconstruction, Post-Reconstruction, Postwar events, Communities, Family, Place

Disciplines

Appalachian Studies | Cultural History | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Politics and Social Change | United States History

Notes

Foreword by Gordon B. McKinney.