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Most Americans know Appalachia through stereotyped images: moonshine and handicrafts, poverty and illiteracy, rugged terrain and isolated mountaineers. Historian David Hsiung maintains that in order to understand the origins of such stereotypes, we must look critically at their underlying concepts, especially those of isolation and community.

Hsiung focuses on the mountainous area of upper East Tennessee, tracing this area's development from the first settlementin the eighteenth century to the eve of the Civil War. Through his examination, he identifies the different ways in which the region's inhabitants were connected to or separated from other peoples and places. Using an interdisciplinary framework, he analyzes geographical and sociocultural isolation from a number of perspectives, including transportation networks, changing economy, population movement, and topography.

This provocative work will stimulate future studies of early Appalachia and serve as a model for the analysis of regional cultures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Introduction: The Framework for Connectedness
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. Perceptions and Self-Perceptions in the Revolutionary Era
  2. pp. 20-54
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  1. 2. The Early Roads
  2. pp. 55-73
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  1. 3. Internal and External Economic Connections
  2. pp. 74-102
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  1. 4. Population Persistence in Washington County
  2. pp. 103-127
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  1. 5. Railroads in Upper East Tennessee
  2. pp. 128-161
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  1. 6. The Creation of Popular Appalachian Images
  2. pp. 162-182
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  1. Epilogue: The Implications of Connectedness
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-217
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 218-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-239
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813161525
Related ISBN
9780813120010
MARC Record
OCLC
900344964
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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