Mine your manners now, for this is history:
The Appalachian region was largely settled in the 18th century by the Ulster Scots, protestants who migrated to the Irish province of Ulster during the Plantation of Ulster in the 17th century. The majority of these people originated in the lowlands of Scotland. In America, the Ulster Scots became known as the Scotch-Irish. Harkins believes the most credible theory of the term’s origin is that it derives from the linkage of two older Scottish expressions, “hill-folk” and “billie” which was a synonym for “fellow”, similar to “guy” or “bloke”. The term outside the Appalachians arose in the years after the American Civil War, when the Appalachian region became increasingly bypassed by technological and social changes taking place in the rest of the country.
Until the Civil War the Appalachians were not significantly different from other rural areas of the country. After the war, as the frontier pushed further west, the Appalachian country retained its frontier character, and the people themselves came to be seen as backward, quick to violence, and inbred in their isolation. Fueled by news stories of mountain feuds, such as that in the 1880s between the Hatfields and McCoys, the hillbilly stereotype developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sometimes a little history is good to set a stage and too many times folks are quick to judge who think their better than you, keep that mine frame and your about to get your ass kicked!
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The Monongah Mine disaster of Monongah, West Virginia occurred on December 6, 1907 and has been described as “the worst mining disaster in American History”. An explosion thought to have been caused by the ignition of methane also called “firedamp”, ignited the coal dust in mines number 6 and 8, killing hundreds of workers.
Rescue workers could only work in the mines for 15 minutes due to the lack of breathing equipment. Some of those workers also perished due to suffocation caused by methane oxidation.