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  • Creative Commons Image Obtained Through Flickr The term Affrilachian, coined in the early 1990s by Kentucky poet Frank X Walker, […]

    Affrilachians

    Creative Commons Image Obtained Through Flickr The term Affrilachian, coined in the early 1990s by Kentucky poet Frank X Walker, […]

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  • Timothy N. Osment History, M.A. WCU 2008 William Holland Thomas, state legislator and “white chief” of the Cherokee, was 56 […]

    Thomas Legion

    Timothy N. Osment History, M.A. WCU 2008 William Holland Thomas, state legislator and “white chief” of the Cherokee, was 56 […]

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  • Essay by Timothy N. Osment History M.A. WCU 2008 The Civil War took a tremendous toll on the South.  Though […]

    Shelton Laurel Massacre

    Essay by Timothy N. Osment History M.A. WCU 2008 The Civil War took a tremendous toll on the South.  Though […]

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  • On April 6, 1865, the Battle of Asheville was fought in the closing days of the Civil War. Only three days before Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox  Courthouse, Union Colonel Issac Curby, based in Greenville, Tennessee joined up with Stoneman’s Raiders to secure the Confederate town of Asheville.

    Battle of Asheville

    On April 6, 1865, the Battle of Asheville was fought in the closing days of the Civil War. Only three days before Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, Union Colonel Issac Curby, based in Greenville, Tennessee joined up with Stoneman’s Raiders to secure the Confederate town of Asheville.

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  • Outlaw heroes in the tradition of Robin Hood have been an expression of Appalachian folklore since the pioneer period.  Illegal actions to avenge a wrong or defend the honor of family or community have long been celebrated in songs and stories.

    Outlaws

    Outlaw heroes in the tradition of Robin Hood have been an expression of Appalachian folklore since the pioneer period. Illegal actions to avenge a wrong or defend the honor of family or community have long been celebrated in songs and stories.

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  • Essay by Timothy N. Osment History M.A. WCU 2008 In late 1862, a rag-tag group of Union sympathizers and Confederate […]

    Kirk’s Raiders

    Essay by Timothy N. Osment History M.A. WCU 2008 In late 1862, a rag-tag group of Union sympathizers and Confederate […]

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  • The long hunters were the legendary woodsmen of the 17th and 18th century who were among the first white people to see the vast American wilderness. The term refers to the men who undertook extended hunting trips across the Blue Ridge.

    Long Hunters

    The long hunters were the legendary woodsmen of the 17th and 18th century who were among the first white people to see the vast American wilderness. The term refers to the men who undertook extended hunting trips across the Blue Ridge.

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  • Essay by Timothy N. Osment History, M.A. WCU, 2008 Perhaps the most influential figure to emerge out of the mountains […]

    Zebulon Vance

    Essay by Timothy N. Osment History, M.A. WCU, 2008 Perhaps the most influential figure to emerge out of the mountains […]

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  • William Holland Thomas, born in Haywood Country in 1805, was befriended and adopted by the Cherokee leader, Yonaguska.  Thomas’s close […]

    William Holland Thomas

    William Holland Thomas, born in Haywood Country in 1805, was befriended and adopted by the Cherokee leader, Yonaguska.  Thomas’s close […]

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  • Several hundred years ago the Cherokee people lived in parts of what are now Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Virginias. The Cherokee people were not migratory. Instead they farmed, hunted, and tended livestock.

    Walker Calhoun

    Several hundred years ago the Cherokee people lived in parts of what are now Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Virginias. The Cherokee people were not migratory. Instead they farmed, hunted, and tended livestock.

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  • Whether you are visiting the Coney Island Appalachian Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, or the Lake Eden Art ...

    Ray Hicks

    Whether you are visiting the Coney Island Appalachian Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, or the Lake Eden Art ...

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  • George W. Vanderbilt, heir of the vast Vanderbilt family fortune, first visited the Asheville area as a young man in […]

    George W. Vanderbilt

    George W. Vanderbilt, heir of the vast Vanderbilt family fortune, first visited the Asheville area as a young man in […]

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  • Big Tom Wilson, a legendary tracker, guide, and bear hunter whose death was reported in the New York Times, roamed the Mt. Mitchell area in the early 19th century.

    Tom Wilson

    Big Tom Wilson, a legendary tracker, guide, and bear hunter whose death was reported in the New York Times, roamed the Mt. Mitchell area in the early 19th century.

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  • Earl Lanning of Waynesville, North Carolina is a master gunsmith who has contributed enormously to the revival of American flintlock rifle building.

    Earl Lanning

    Earl Lanning of Waynesville, North Carolina is a master gunsmith who has contributed enormously to the revival of American flintlock rifle building.

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