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Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia

Interweaving social, political, environmental, economic, and popular history, Mountain People chronicles two and a half centuries of the Appalachian past.  This collection begins its story in the colonial era and describes the bloody warfare as migrants from Europe and their American-born offspring fought and eventually displaced Appalachia’s Native American inhabitants. It depicts the evolution of a backwoods farm-and-forest society, its divided and unhappy fate during the Civil War, and the emergence of a new industrial order as railroads, towns, and mining industries penetrated deeper and deeper into the mountains. Diaries, journals, and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers recount the development of farming and mining communities, family histories, and folklore. Contains the Primary Source media microfilm collection entitled First Three Centuries of Appalachian Travel. Also included are a small very number of selected titles from the microfilm collections, Travels in the Old South I, II, & III: 1607-1860; Travels in the New South I & II, 1865-1950; and Kentucky Culture: A Basic Library of Kentuckiana. (Source: Provider Web Site)

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Appalachian historical diaries, journals and narratives