Chapter

The Lost Cause that wasn’t

Tom Lee

in Reconstructing Appalachia

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125817
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135533 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125817.003.0012
The Lost Cause that wasn’t

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Frost's acceptance of a monolithic Unionism in Appalachia was central to his vision of Appalachia as a discrete region inhabited by “contemporary ancestors.” The question of where and how the myth of Unionist Appalachia originated remains important. Decades before the secession struggles of 1861, political and economic disputes with the other sections of Tennessee produced among East Tennesseans a distinctive sectional identity built around a mythologized historical narrative of heroism and victimization that East Tennesseans themselves fostered and which persisted through the Civil War and into the twentieth century.

Keywords: unionism; ancestors; secession; heroism; victimization

Chapter.  12875 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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