One of the greatest internal migrations in American history has
been the movement of the people of Appalachia to a variety of rural
and urban destinations all over the country --- wherever economic
opportunity beckoned, from the industrial Midwest to the timber
empires of the Pacific Northwest. This movement (about five million
in the 1950s alone) has taken place in several waves throughout the
twentieth century, and continues to this day. "Appalachian Odyssey"
provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of this
phenomenon on both the Appalachian region and the country as a
Scholars from a variety of social science disciplines bring
their perspectives to this volume in an examination of the
historical, political, social, economic, and cultural impact of a
talented group often derided as hillbillies. "Appalachian Odyssey"
provides a much-needed corrective to this bias, and a deeper
understanding of a people who have significantly influenced the
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