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Deserter CountryCivil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians$
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Robert M. Sandow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230518

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230518.001.0001

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The Lumber Region as Pennsylvania's Appalachia

The Lumber Region as Pennsylvania's Appalachia

(p.14) 1 The Lumber Region as Pennsylvania's Appalachia
Deserter Country

Robert M. Sandow

Fordham University Press

In 1846, the prolific German travel writer Franz Von Loher observed how the Pennsylvania wilderness had shaped the character of mountain dwellers. The forest enveloped Von Loher and he began to see his journey as one of time as well as space. Life in the wilderness seemed to trigger a reversion of cultural progress. “The longer in the forest, the further from European civilization.” Throughout history, humans and their environment have been locked in an intimate embrace, making it essential to understand the significance of place in human affairs. In the mountains of Pennsylvania, the environment helped shape distinct social, political, and economic tensions that provided a fertile ground for Civil War opposition. Even during the war, Republican officials echoed popular stereotypes, allowing these perceptions to influence policy-making. Many mountain folk contributed to these stereotypes by embracing the rugged ideal.

Keywords:   Franz Von Loher, Pennsylvania, cultural progress, European civilization, Civil War, policy-making, mountain folk

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