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Yes, it’s time for another history lesson. This week’s quick glimpse into the past is the term Hillbilly. The first written account of the word Hillbilly is from 1892. It generally refers to a person from the Appalachian or Ozark mountain range. The first definition of the term comes from a 1900 article saying “a Hill-Billie is a free and untrammeled white citizen of Tennessee, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him”. Talk about the definition of the American dream huh! A person doing what they want, when they want, how they want, and drunkenly shooting off guns. The only downside of their lives is the rejection of modern society. I believe they would call it a Book Leanrnin’. The main settlers of the Appalachian Mountains were mostly from Ireland so these are my people. The modernization of America seemed to sweep right past the mountain ranges and spread more out west. But they were happy and content living their lives the way that they had always done. “If it was good enough for my grand pappy it’s good enough for me” is the main mentality to this day really. Living off the land and making due with what little they had. The term Hillbilly really didn’t start to spread until after the Civil War when some left the mountains to find more stable work. The term Hillbilly as a derogatory slang really spread from those early workers moving to midwestern towns looking for work and with their southern twang, poor looking attire, and backwater ways being the only traits people say. So Hillbilly sprang up in modern culture as a yokel who sleeps with his cousin, has only a few teeth, drinks nothing put moonshine, and wears tattered overalls with a hay seed in his mouth. Really the stereotype hasn’t changed to this day. Now for this week’s game I did get a little slack for perpetuating the negative stereotypes that these people have had to deal with for over a hundred years. To those people I would like to say I’m sorry. You’re right. Stereotyping people is wrong. It’s taking negative reflections of an entire group of people that don’t deserve it and spreading it on so that the hurt can keep going. I apologize. But that being said…….I’m still going to go ahead with this list. It’s a funny list. You’ll laugh don’t you worry. Change can’t happen over night. So If you’re actually one the few people who read this intro after you’ve laughed at the list, maybe go back and think about the list as well. See if the things that are said would hurt you if it was said about you. Empathy is a good trait to have and let’s all keep an open mind about the things we say about others. Let people’s actions speak for them and NOT their circumstances of birth.
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