Appalachian Mountains Essays

  • The Appalachian Mountains

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    Appalachia is a 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains stretching from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It is home to more than 25 million people. Being rich in natural resources, the region contains some of the richest mineral deposits in America (Daugneaux 1981). The coal, timber, oil, gas, and water contained within the Appalachian Mountains are resources that have historically influenced the economic characteristics of the region. The Region's

  • The Appalachian Mountain Range

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    kind dialect is what comes to mind when most people think of the Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachia people in the eastern United States. Long identified by the population and commerce found in the area, the Appalachians are also an interesting geologic feature. Running from north to south, the Appalachian Mountain Range is one of the oldest ranges on planet Earth. Beginning to form nearly a billion years ago, the Appalachian Range extends from Alabama to Newfoundland. This paper will discuss

  • Valley Region of the Appalachian Mountains

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    Valley Region of the Appalachian Mountains and Subsequent Karst Regions in the State of Virginia This map which appears on page 402 of Process Geomorphology (1995), written by Dale F. Ritter, Craig R. Kochel, and Jerry R. Miller, serves as the basis of my report on the formation of the Appalachian Mountains and its subsequent karst regions in along the Atlantic side of the United States particularly in the state of Virginia. The shaded areas represent generalized karst regions throughout the

  • Degradation of Appalachian Mountains

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    The 205-thousand-square-mile Appalachian Mountain range, which spans from Eastern Canada to northern Alabama, boasts North America’s oldest mountains (formed approximately 400 million years ago), the highest peak of the eastern United States (Mount Mitchell), industrial production opportunities and leisurely recreation. The range includes the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky mountains (NCSU, n.d.). A range of recreational activities such as fishing in freshwater streams, camping, biking the

  • Stereotypes In The Appalachian Mountains

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    Today, tourism in the Appalachian Mountains is a popular thing to do. For example, in Gatlinburg Tennessee, more than 11 million visitors come to tour the area each year. However, this area is more than just a tourist trap. By today’s standards, Appalachia is considered a minority. The individuals in this region are looked down upon by cultural, social, and economic standards. They are perceived as uneducated and uncivilized. These stereotypes are influenced by popular culture today. Appalachia is

  • Rick Martin's Influence On American Culture

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    Appalachian culture is as broad and far reaching as the counties included in Appalachia. Appalachia is poverty stricken communities, found in the Appalachian Mountains that is defined by their levels of poverty. What is odd is the fact that they can add more counties to the region but they never take any out of it. Farmers, coal miners, old time religions, and even musicians help form the culture within the region. A land for many years that was in a sense cutoff from the outside world, the absolute

  • Life in Appalachia from a Pre and Post-Civil War Perspective

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    opportunities for mountain residents to engage in organized community life, but these institutions were themselves organized along kinship lines. Local political factions divided according to kin groups, and local churches developed as communions of extended family units. Both institutions reflected the importance of personal relationships and local autonomy in their operation and structure. Tied by rather tenuous bonds to the larger society (as was evident, during the Civil War), the mountain population

  • The Foundry History

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    If industrialization were the only thing to be spoken about, then there would be no room to talk about the business aspect or the Northeast Corridor, or the agriculture in the Appalachian Plateau. If Industrialization and the Great Lakes were the only things that we focused on, then we would miss the forests and mountains that take part in the landscape of The Foundry. There is diversity in people, land, and culture throughout The Foundry and it will forever be difficult to characterize it in one

  • History of Stone Mountain

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    will review the origins and geology of the Stone Mountain monolith in North Georgia, the history of the area and people and groups who have utilized the site for social and commercial purposes. Stone Mountain is an igneous intrusion often referred to as a geological pluton. The granite pluton is part of the Piedmont Plateau region of the Appalachian Mountains and was formed along the same geological fault line that created the Blue Ridge Mountains but is not part of the Blue Ridge chain. Northern

  • American Craft Culture

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    Historical Influences in Contemporary Society Berea College, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Craft, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild along with the Southern Craft Revival and the New Deal domestic projects provided Central Appalachian arts and craftspeople a chance to challenge the substantial reality of material things. Regional fiber craftspeople demonstrated their knowledge of pattern weaving and employed many loom-controlled weave structures (Alvic, 2003, 159). Home furnishings

  • West Virginia and Washington State

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    The Pacific Northwest combines the best of abundant natural beauty with cosmopolitan flair. From the peaks of the Cascade Mountains to the emerald lowlands of Puget Sound to Seattle's eclectic port-city charm, the state of Washington offers a vibrant mix of urban and rural settings. LoopNet puts the vast northwest within your reach. The easternmost portion of Washington houses Spokane, a city of a quarter of a million residents that's only a few minutes from the Idaho border. Spokane is close

  • The Stereotypes Of Appalachia In America

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    are supposedly people who are eccentric, illiterate, lazy, and hard-drinking.” One of the latest and most disturbing stereotypes of the region’s inhabitants that emerged from the media is the practice of incest as a cultural norm. The event in Appalachian history that holds the greatest notoriety is a fatal family feud that occurred inside the Tug River Valley during the late nineteenth-century. Within this valley was the border between West Virginia and Kentucky and two families resided here, the

  • Hidden America Children Of The Mountains Sociology

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    Many theories pertain to poverty and social classes the Appalachian people face. They are also shown through the elements of structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interaction. The main point of the video is to show how others live in poverty and what other social classes are like. The implications of the film “Hidden America Children Of The Mountains” are to show the science of sociology and how they affected the Appalachian people. Through the study of sociology, different sociological

  • Kentucky Stereotypes

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    they don't realize that they are portraying a crude message about all Kentucky folk. More so than any other state, Kentucky is labeled and illustrated as redneck and poor. Much of this may stem from many of the small towns in Kentucky and in the Appalachian area. However, Appalachia has been misunderstood and misrepresented: "Appalachia has long been characterized as a region of feuds, moonshine stills, mine wars, environmental destruction, joblessness and hopelessness" (Billings cover). Although Appalachia

  • Health Issues In Appalachian Culture

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    Appalachians Health Issues The Appalachian culture were born in the Appalachian mountain range and their family live in or near the Appalachia. “Appalachia comprises 420 counties in 13 states—Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.” (Purnell, 2009, p. 88). Since the Appalachians comes from such a broad region, I choose to discuss the population residing in Kentucky. The Appalachians

  • Appalachian Stereotypes

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    B. "The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia." Booklist 36 (1999): 38. Norman, Gurney. Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories. Frankfort: Gnomom Press, 1977. Waller, Altina. "Two Words in the Tennessee Mountains: Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes." Journal of Social History 32 (1999): 963.

  • Essay On Weathering And Erosion

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    As internal processes, mountain building and volcanic activity, elevate Earth’s surfaces, external processes, weathering and erosion, breakdown and move Earth’s surfaces down slope. It’s a continuous rock cycle, and water movement contributes greatly to Earth’s external weathering and erosion processes, sculpting earth’s surfaces throughout the course. As water evaporates from the ocean and precipitates over the mountains, river systems are established; and in their many shapes and forms, move

  • The Role of Propoganda in the American Revolution

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    little too crowded. The majority of these colonists looked to the land west of the Appalachian Mountains, but there was one problem. In 1763 King George III created something known as "The Proclamation of 1763". The Proclamation of 1763 restricted the colonists in the English colonies from moving westward into the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains. It also forced those who had already settled west of the Appalachians to go back to the eastern side. King George III made this law because he wished

  • Stereotypes In Unquiet Earth, Affrilachia

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    inexplicably portrayed Appalachian people, culture, and beliefs as outlandish, post-colonial, and debilitating to say the least. We have been represented as redneck, hillbilly, poor or lazy, and white-trash, with strong emphasis on the “white.” Writers like Denise Giardina, Frank X Walker, and others who created short stories within “Degrees of Elevation” work hard to debase the present-day stereotypes and work hard to guide people to the truth about Appalachia and the region. Appalachian literature, such

  • Analysis Of Lindahl's Jack In Two Worlds

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    A comparison of Old World and New World storytelling styles is outlined by Lindahl as a gateway to understanding how Jack found homes in certain communities of North America. The typical märchen is woven around a conflict between home and the open road. The tales start in an ordinary place where Jack and his mother worry about the source of their next meal. Only after Jack takes to the open road to provide for his family does the story change to involve magic. Usually, the further Jack ventures