July 5, 2022

Location: Frontier Culture Museum Lecture Hall at 7:00PM

At the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780, revolutionaries from the southern mountains destroyed a Loyalist army from South Carolina commanded by a British officer, Major Patrick Ferguson.  In the days leading up to the battle, Ferguson tried to drum up local support by calling his opponents “barbarians,” “the dregs of mankind,” and “a set of mongrels.”  Don’t we see similar derogatory terms applied to parts of Appalachia even today?  How might such stereotypes of Appalachian Mountain people have gotten started?  One answer can be found in the American Revolution, and this lecture will place the Battle of Kings Mountain within the larger contexts of the War of Independence and of life in the mountainous regions of western Virginia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and northern Georgia.    


David C. Hsiung is Professor of History at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  In 2000, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named him Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.  He has written Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountains: Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes, which won the Appalachian Studies Award for Best Original Manuscript, and has edited A Mountaineer in Motion: The Memoir of Dr. Abraham Jobe, 1817-1906.  He is currently writing a book on the environmental history of the War of Independence.

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