The Effects of Cultural Values on the Production and Consumption of Alcohol
  • Grace Toney Edwards


Steely eyes, glinting rifles, and clear white moonshine—the terms are synonymous with a stereotyped view of Appalachia. Although the stereotype is not without basis, it falls far short of a complete picture of the region. The rifle-toting, jug-swigging mountaineer, popularized by comic strips and prime-time television shows, is a caricature growing out of the eastern highlands’ reputation for producing much of the nation’s illegally distilled spirits. But this mountaineer’s counterpart is the straitlaced, churchgoing father who works from nine to five at the local city hall. Or it is the young woman who attends college in her hometown and then goes back to teach in the high school she graduated from. Or it is the coal miner who works the hoot owl shift so that he can care for his young son while his wife takes a secretarial course.


Alcohol Abuse Coal Miner Blue Ridge Folk Culture Franklin County 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace Toney Edwards
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  1. 1.Appalachian Studies ProgramRadford UniversityRadfordUSA

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