This book is a massive in-depth social and economic study of that area of North Carolina that wet last relinquished by the Cherokee Indians by the trumped-up Treaty of 1835. An attempt is made to fit both the Indians and their successors into a broad state and national historical context. The main thrust of the book is directed toward the bulk of Appalachian literature, mythology, folklore, and hearsay that for the past century has held the mountain people in the grip of idiot-history. Here for the first time in any book is an objective version of the removal of the Indians and a factual account of the first settlers--as based on public records of the people and the events. Topics considered in connection with the white settlers are: sale and purchase of the land, motility in the population, origins of family names, local government, trades and professions, agricultural production, schools and churches, freemasonry, social and economic comparisons with other North Carolina counties. Annexes contain the names of the North Carolina volunteer soldiers who participated in the removal rites, and the names of persons who appear in the 1840, l850, and 1860 censuses. Additionally, the text of the book contains many lists of names--as relating to agricultural production, slave owners, trades and professions, etc.
Available at the Family History Library.