Appalachia first entered the American consciousness as a distinct
region in the decades following the Civil War. The place and its
people have long been seen as backwards and 'other' because of
their perceived geographical, social, and economic isolation. These
essays, by fourteen eminent historians and social scientists,
illuminate important dimensions of early social life in diverse
sections of the Appalachian mountains. The contributors seek to
place the study of Appalachia within the context of comparative
regional studies of the United States, maintaining that processes
and patterns thought to make the region exceptional were not
necessarily unique to the mountain South.
The contributors are Mary K. Anglin, Alan Banks, Dwight B.
Billings, Kathleen M. Blee, Wilma A. Dunaway, John R. Finger, John
C. Inscoe, Ronald L. Lewis, Ralph Mann, Gordon B. McKinney, Mary
Beth Pudup, Paul Salstrom, Altina L. Waller, and John Alexander