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The relative isolation of this part of the Southern terrain from the rest of the Deep South, described in North Carolina as its western piedmont region, is referred to by various sources independently. Mr. Whitelaw Reid, a Republican travel journalist from Ohio who, according to his editor Woodward was not as racially progressive a Yankee as he featured himself and who toured the South after the Civil War, observes in his journal that people in the Knoxville, Tenn., region, "had not been accustomed to depend for support upon their slaves; they suffered the less, therefore, from the sudden disappearance of slaves."

Such a topography and such a cultural mind-set are to be contrasted with the vast bottomlands and culture of the parts of the Deep South that were historically associated with highly socialized plantation industry and culture. The contrast, however, is decisive, and is relevant to two features of Smoky Mountains history. One is the feature of Cherokee culture, which did not become marginalized until after 1830. In 1819, when white settlement first started in the area, the land in eastern Tennessee, western Carolina, and north Georgia belonged to the Cherokee nation. The status of the Cherokee people, almost alone among the indigenous Native American peoples, was at best ambiguous and at worst

 
 
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