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“A Northern Wedge Thrust into the Heart of the Confederacy” Explaining Civil War Loyalties in the Age of Appalachian Discovery, 1900–1921

John C. Inscoe

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/9780813125817.003.0013
“A Northern Wedge Thrust into the Heart of the Confederacy” Explaining Civil War Loyalties in the Age of Appalachian Discovery, 1900–1921

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The Civil War plays a relatively small role in this particular body of work on southern Appalachia. Henry Shapiro was the first modern scholar to seriously consider how the war's legacy was carefully shaped by Appalachians seeking to portray themselves and their region in a beneficial light. Regional commentaries through much of the nineteenth century had been primarily travel narratives and firsthand descriptions of scenic vistas and flora and fauna, along with observations of the often quaint customs and folk life of southern highlanders, or local-color writing, which conveyed much of the same in fictional form.

Keywords: Henry Shapiro; vistas; flora; fauna; highlanders

Chapter.  10452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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