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Devastated by the Civil War, Appalachia was immediately subjected to the further stresses of Reconstruction and modernization. The shock of rapid modernization on the region has been well explored, but its experience under Reconstruction has been largely ignored. This collection of 13 essays ends that neglect. Appalachians continued to fight the Civil War among themselves long after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. T. R. C. Hutton and Steven E. Nash graphically describe how wartime hostilities continued to smolder, fueling political rivalries and violence for decades after the war. Emancipation meant that Appalachia's struggle to deal with race took new forms. Kyle Osborn, Paul Yandle, and Keith S. Hebert provide insights into how the Ku Klux Klan complicated the region's reaction to Reconstruction. Reconstruction also subjected Appalachia to the influence of outside forces. Randall S. Gooden and Ken Fones-Wolf describe how outsiders shaped and exploited the region's political and governmental landscape and economic development, while Mary Ella Engel examines the religious consequences of the Mormon Church's Southern States Mission. Many of the essays reveal how outsiders shaped the long-lasting hillbilly stereotype. An important book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. H. T. Blethen emeritus, Western Carolina University
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