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  •  I suspect N. Ga. and E. Tenn. were of the same (2+ / 0-)
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    mind and had little sympathy for the flatlander plantation owners.

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 06:53:41 AM PST

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    •  the difference between Appalachia and "the South" (7+ / 0-)

      There was no plantation agriculture in the hills, thus no slavery.  The Confederacy always struggled with its peoples' local concerns and soldiers' unwillingness to be deployed far from home and out of season to fight for lofty evils, and nowhere more so than in Appalachia.  West Virginia exists as an independent state because the hill folk wanted no part of the planters' war.

      Appalachia is culturally right wing, but it's more populist than the lowland south, and possessed of a certain egalitarianism born of generations of universal poverty and hardship.  Family and church are big deals in a place that industry historically shunned (so no unions either) and where gubmint was always weak as much from local preference as from neglect by urban power centers.  Religion is ecstatic and devotional, relying on grace to save men who gotta sin to be counted as men: southern Christianity was always far more tolerant of [male] vices than Yankee puritanism.  People are loyal to coal (and tobacco) because that's all they've got.

      Socio-economic problems that are generally associated with urban ghettos are just as prevalent in Appalachia (like most rural areas across the country), but it's widely believed that Appalachia's problems are deliberately ignored by a mixture of soulless plutocracy and liberal reverse racism.  There's also a strong sense of belonging to a distinct culture and enormous pride taken in that culture, so whatever change can happen in Appalachia will only take place on their terms.

      Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

      by Visceral on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 10:00:59 AM PST

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