The mountaineer stereotype--violent people who preserve a
traditional lifestyle and vote Republican--has been perpetuated
through the years. McKinney found that the impact of the Civil War
and the absence of blacks, rather than economic and geographical
factors, were responsible for the persistence of Republican voting
patterns. Also, mountain Republicanism was the conscious creation
of politicians in a five-state region to shape their party to
conform to local political conditions.
Originally published 1978.
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