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“The Strength of the Hills”: Representations of Appalachian Wilderness as Civil War Refuge (2015)


In a meeting with Frederick Douglass in 1847, the abolitionist John Brown pointed on a map to the “far-reaching Alleghenies” (a label applied to the Appalachians in general through much of the nineteenth century) and declared that “these mountains are the basis of my plan,” both as an escape route out of the South and as a base of operations from which attacks on the plantation South could be launched. Douglass quoted Brown as saying, “God has given the strength of the hills to freedom; they were placed here for the emancipation of the negro race; they are full of...

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Authors & Contributors
Brady, Lisa M.
Drake, Brian
Taylor, Dorceta E.
Kenneth W. Noe
Johnson, Timothy
Thomson, Jennifer Christine
Environmental History
University of Georgia Press
University Press of Kansas
Duke University Press
Cornell University Press
University of Tennessee
Science and society
African Americans and science
Environmental history
Washington, Booker Taliaferro
Locke, Alain
Du Bois, William Edward B.
Daly, Charles Patrick
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
United States
Ohio (U.S.)
American Geographical Society

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