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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.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-7378-8 (pdf version)
978-0-8131-3976-0 (epub version)
Civil War, Social transformation, Appalachia, Racial prejudices, Reconstruction, Post-Reconstruction, Postwar events, Communities, Family, Place
Appalachian Studies | Cultural History | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Politics and Social Change | United States History
Slap, Andrew L., "Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War's Aftermath" (2010). United States History. 167.