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Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains

Steven E. Nash


Reconstruction typically brings to mind war-torn plantations and battles over the meaning of freedom after the Civil War. Slavery was such a central part of southern life—permeating every aspect of southern society—that its demise affected every southerner across the region. Emancipation stands at the heart of post-Civil War southern history for good reason. But when historians examine western North Carolina, part of overwhelmingly white Southern Appalachia, other postwar issues demand consideration. Persistent wartime loyalties informed bitter power struggles between groups of white mountaine ... More

Keywords: Reconstruction, Emancipation, Appalachia, Civil War Era, Civil War Loyalties, Ku Klux Klan, Freedmen’s Bureau, Western North Carolina, African American History, U.S. South Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626246
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven E. Nash, author