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In describing the effect of Stoneman’s presence in Asheville, one woman wrote of her neighbor’s slaves, “All of Mrs. J. W. Patton’s servants left her and went with the Yankees; not a single one of all she had remained to do a thing in the house or in the kitchen. ”30 If the array of emancipation experiences among Appalachian slaves was as vast as that faced by their counterparts throughout the South, so too were race relations during Reconstruction and beyond. The new mobility of freedmen and women meant major demographic shifts in the racial makeup of Appalachian counties and communities.
Hart, “Black ‘Go-Betweens’ and the Mutability of ‘Race,’ Status, and Identity on New York’s Pre-Revolutionary Frontier,” in Contact Points, ed. Cayton and Teute, 91. 12. John Solomon Otto, “The Migration of the Southern Plain Folk: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis,” Journal of Southern History 51 (1985): 187–88. 13. Winters, Tennessee Farming, Tennessee Farmers: Antebellum Agriculture in the Upper South (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994), 9–10. For the Cherokee willingness to adopt European ways see John Finger, The Eastern Band of Cherokees, 1819–1900 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1984), 8–10.
Appalachia’s cultural diversity was especially rich because each of its three broad racial categories was further differentiated into ethnic subgroups and by status, gender, language, and religious differences. Out of the ensuing cultural exchange emerged a synthesis on which Appalachians of all ethnicities came to rely to sustain themselves on this frontier. ”12 It drew heavily on Native American practices for its agricultural patterns. New World crops long cultivated by Indians and quickly adopted by newcomers included several strains of corn, beans, squashes, and tobacco.