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Appalachian Resources in Special Collections and University Archives: People, Culture, and Customs

About Appalachian People, Culture, and Customs

The people of Appalachia are as varied as they come. This section contains resources about religion, culture, music, legends and folklore, political theory, and racial relations. 

Appalachia holds family and kinship as a major pillar of social and community life. Community members often had to rely on their neighbors as towns developed, creating a deep family-like bond. Religion is another major pillar of life in Appalachia, but the religions of the region are so diverse that Appalachian religion cannot be characterized by just one tradition. Appalachia has a rich historical connection to folklore, which often changed to reflect attitudes and events over time.

This information and more can be found in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and the resources below.

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