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The Central Appalachian Divide in Unity and Secession

Brian D. McKnight

in Contested Borderland

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123899
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134895 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.003.0002
The Central Appalachian Divide in Unity and Secession

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This chapter examines the situation in the Appalachian region, particularly eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia, during the secession crisis preceding the American Civil War. It suggests that it is difficult to determine whether the people of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia were loyal to the causes their states adopted officially, because most of the population of both regions depended on the economic and political peripheries of their respective nations and a miscalculation could result in serious economic problems.

Keywords: eastern Kentucky; southwestern Virginia; secession; Appalachian region; American Civil War

Chapter.  7791 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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