Beautiful Appalachian mountains – see rare photographs & 1940 film of the people

The Appalachian Mountains stretch from Belle Isle in Canada to Cheaha Mountain in the U.S. state of Alabama. The cultural region of Appalachia typically refers only to the central and southern portions of the range.

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Since its recognition as a distinctive region in the late 19th century, Appalachia has been a source of enduring myths and distortions regarding the isolation, temperament, and behavior of its inhabitants.

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Mountain people. Garrett County, Maryland 1935 by photographer Arthur Rothstein

Mountain people. Garrett County, Maryland 1935

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Appalachian frontiersmen have long been romanticized for their ruggedness and self-sufficiency.

A typical depiction of an Appalachian pioneer involves a hunter wearing a coonskin cap and buckskin clothing, and sporting a long rifle and shoulder-strapped powder horn.

Perhaps no single figure symbolizes the Appalachian pioneer more than Daniel Boone (1734–1820), a long hunter and surveyor instrumental in the early settlement of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Mountain home, Appalachian Mountains, housed two white families photographer Carl Mydans, March 1936Mountain home, Appalachian Mountains, housed two white families carl mydans, march 1936

Interior of mountain farmhouse, Appalachian Mountains near Marshall, North Carolina Carl Mydans, March 1936Interior of mountain farmhouse, Appalachian Mountains near Marshall, North Carolina

Interior of mountain farmhouse, Appalachian Mountains near Marshall, North Carolina by Photographer Carl Mydans

Early 20th-century writers often engaged in yellow journalism focused on sensationalistic aspects of the region’s culture, such as moonshining and clan feuding, and often portrayed the region’s inhabitants as uneducated and prone to impulsive acts of violence. Sociological studies in the 1960s and 1970s helped to re-examine and dispel these stereotypes.

Mountain farmhouse, Appalachian mountains by Carl Mydans 1935

Mountain farmhouse, Appalachian mountains by Carl Mydans 1935

Mountain farmhouse, Appalachian mountains by Carl Mydans, 1935Mountain farmhouse, Appalachian mountains by Carl Mydans2 1935

While endowed with abundant natural resources, Appalachia has long struggled with and has been associated with poverty. In the early 20th century, large-scale logging and coal mining firms brought wage-paying jobs and modern amenities to Appalachia.Terracing and cotton patch with Appalachian Mountains in the distance. Near Cornelia, Georgia

Beginning in the 1930s, the federal government sought to alleviate poverty in the Appalachian region with a series of New Deal initiatives, such as the construction of dams to provide cheap electricity and the implementation of better farming practices.

Resettlement Administration man talking to mountain people on submarginal farm. Garrett County, Maryland photographer Arthur Rothstein November 1936Resettlement Administration man talking to mountain people on submarginal farm. Garrett County, Maryland arthur rothstein

This rare 1940 film of typical Applachian pioneer mountain life of the time with scenes from a school with only 24 students.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

2 Responses to Beautiful Appalachian mountains – see rare photographs & 1940 film of the people

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