Traditional Appalachia

Topics: Appalachia, Kentucky, Appalachian Mountains Pages: 3 (1171 words) Published: March 17, 2011
Tammi Sweet
Appalachian Studies
March 8, 2011

Pre Modern Appalachia
I read a little history for Pre modern Appalachia and learned that from 1770 to 1820 pre modern Appalachian Mountains was settled primarily by people with Scottish roots. They were mostly from Scotland and Northern Ireland. They engaged in a “kitchen garden” economy (Gary Farley). This basically just means they made the land their own and lived strictly off of the land. People during this time were more interested in living day to day and didn’t worry about becoming anything more than they were at the time. Pre modern Appalachian people had a lot of traditional values that are still alive and well today. Some of them include personal relationships and trust, family and community over self; family works together; task –oriented work, no boss; home-centered rituals of life; local-centered life, importance of place; and rural life (Glenna Graves). These things and many more were important to the Appalachian people. Religion at this time or among these people was not a common thing. These people practiced and lived a Celtic culture. They were not use to churches or religions like the ones practiced in this region. The Celtic culture believed in ghost, witches, and warlocks. They also believed that they could be controlled by magic and that they could cast spells. The few people that lived in these regions prior to the Scottish-Irish settlers were religious people and were mainly Baptist and Methodist. The task of these religious people was to lead the Celtic’s to accepting God as their savior. Since these people had no prior religious experience they were easy targets for the Baptist preachers. They were easy to convert to the Baptist faith which in turn led to the Baptist movement; however the Celtics people stuck to their Celtic beliefs and culture. From 1880-1920 The main religion in Appalachian areas were Baptist and Methodist and still remain that way today....
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