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A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1The Old Ozarks$
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Brooks Blevins

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041914

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041914.001.0001

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Americanizing the Ozarks

Americanizing the Ozarks

(p.69) 3 Americanizing the Ozarks
A History of the Ozarks, Volume 1

Brooks Blevins

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 3 charts the massive wave of Anglo-American settlement that populated the region between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The majority of these settlers came from Appalachia and the greater Upland South – from places like East and Middle Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, and western and Piedmont North Carolina – and brought with them folkways that blended European customs and Native American practices. This chapter questions the popular notion of the Ozarks as a haven for the Scots-Irish and suggests instead the ethnic diversity that lay behind white settlement in the region. In addition, chapter 3 chronicles the views of early travelers in the Ozarks and the seeds of the backwoods image that would come to characterize the region.

Keywords:   Upland South, Appalachia, Scots-Irish, backwoods, travel writing, Anglo-American settlement, White River, Springfield Plain

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