A New Frontier

Andrew L. Slap

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI:
A New Frontier

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In the 1970s, the first wave of Appalachian historians argued that the region's industrialization (which lasted approximately from 1880 to 1920) caused the poverty that afflicted Appalachia throughout the twentieth century. The decades immediately after the Civil War are likewise vital for analyzing the region's stereotypes, for it was during this period that the idea of Appalachia was first constructed. Many of the stereotypes are directly related to the region's poverty, so it is important to understand how and why the stereotypes were created, as well as their degree of validity. The degree to which Appalachia was isolated is one of the more contentious debates, and this issue is the key to analyzing the region's poverty and its stereotypes.

Keywords: industrialization; poverty; stereotypes; debates; validity

Chapter.  10633 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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