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“[Billy] DeBeck‘s primary focus as a cartoonist was always amusement rather than cultural edification, and he played a leading role in constructing a broad-based public conception of Southern hill folk as cartoonish figures. “He was also instrumental in freely blending Ozark and Appalachian settings into a single mythical geographic location. Although [his comic strip "Barney […]

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“The most fascinating example of the term’s mid-1910s usage, and the one that best illustrates the still unformalized nature of the term ‘hillbilly,’ is the monthly literary magazine written and published beginning in 1914 by students at Asheville High School in North Carolina, simply entitled ‘The Hillbilly.’ “One might expect a cartoonish mountaineer with a […]

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