Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath

Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War's Aftermath

Bringing together a group of Appalachian historians, Slap (history, East Tennessee State U.) compiles 13 essays on the effects of the Civil War on the land and people of the diverse communities of Appalachia (including Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) and the reconstruction of these communities after the war. The essays describe racial reconciliation, tension between former Unionists and Confederates, violence, destruction caused by the armies, the Ku Klux Klan, economic development, the evolution of post-Civil War memory, stereotypes of Appalachia, and alterations in the perceptions of race, gender, and economic status. Women’s lives changed, African Americans had new freedoms, and the region faced economic collapse in former slave-holding states and rapid industrialization and urbanization that threatened traditional ways of living and depleted natural resources and the environment. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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