Towards a New History: Iredell County, North Carolina

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jamie Leanne Hager (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Charles A. Watkins

Abstract: The local historians of Iredell County, like Homer Keever, have created a master narrative based on old, traditional, and disproven schools of thought—such as the now discredited works the of historian Archibald Dunning, whose nineteenth century books provided the basis for a whole generation of southern apologist scholarship. The mythical story they have built exemplifies the use of power and prestige to promote an agenda using history as a vehicle.1 While modern historians know better than to rely on these antiquated schools of thought, such traditional ideals remain prevalent among some local amateur historians. This thesis examines Keever’s analyses, as well as his sphere of influence, and seeks to correct decades of misinterpretation. Through the use of oral history, examination of Homer Keever’s background, and consultation of modern historians, the author was able to place Keever within a historical context and expose the impact of his influence. In doing so, it was possible to offer suggestions for rectifying years of sanitization. With a new understanding of Iredell County’s history, local researchers can now provide updated resources for school children and county residents. The county’s museum can reexamine their collections management policy in order to incorporate the underappreciated and ignored subjects of historical significance to Iredell County and provide new exhibits and presentations that everyone in the community can enjoy and learn from. 1 For a discussion on the Dunning School, see Chapter 3.

Additional Information

Hager, J.L. (2010). Towards a New History: Iredell County, North Carolina. Unpublished master’s thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2010

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