“When keepin it real goes wrong” Motorcyclists challenge wrong Hillbillies

    

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Things get real fast in this video as you see Motorcyclist racing down the road and being cutoff by some hillbilly’s. They confront the man and things quickly get out of hand as the hillbillies can fight.

Hillbilly is a term (often derogatory) for people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas in the United States, primarily in Appalachia and the Ozarks. The first known instances of “hillbilly” in print were in The Railroad Trainmen’s Journal (vol. ix, July 1892),[1] an 1899 photograph of men and women in West Virginia labeled “Camp Hillbilly”,[2] and a 1900 New York Journal article containing the definition: “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”.[3] The stereotype is twofold in that it incorporates both positive and negative traits: “Hillbillies” are often considered independent and self-reliant individuals who resist the modernization of society, but at the same time they are also defined as backward and violent. Scholars argue this duality is reflective of the split ethnic identities in white America.

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The Appalachian Mountains were settled in the 18th century by settlers primarily from the Province of Ulster in Ireland. The settlers from Ulster were mainly Protestants who migrated to Ireland, during the Plantation of Ulster in the 17th century, from Scotland and Northern England. Many further migrated to the American colonies beginning in the 1730s, and in America became known as the Scots-Irish. Scholars argue that the term “hillbilly” originated from Scottish dialect. The term “hill-folk” referred to people who preferred isolation from the greater society, and “billy” meant “comrade” or “companion.” It is suggested that “hill-folk” and “billie” were combined when the Cameronians fled to the Scottish Highlands.

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Others have suggested the term originated in 17th century Ireland, during the Williamite War, when Protestant supporters of King William III (“King Billy”) were often referred to as “Billy’s Boys.”[7] However, some scholars disagree with this theory. Michael Montgomery’s From Ulster to America: The Scotch-Irish Heritage of American English states, “In Ulster in recent years it has sometimes been supposed that it was coined to refer to followers of King William III and brought to America by early Ulster emigrants, but this derivation is almost certainly incorrect. … In America hillbilly was first attested only in 1898, which suggests a later, independent development.”

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The term “hillbilly” spread in the years following the American Civil War. At this time, the country was developing both technologically and socially, but the Appalachian region was falling behind. Before the war, Appalachia was not distinctively different from other rural areas of the country. Post-war, although the frontier pushed farther west, the region maintained frontier characteristics. Appalachians themselves were perceived 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 to early 20th century.

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The “classic” hillbilly stereotype reached its current characterization during the years of the Great Depression, when many mountaineers left their homes to find work in other areas of the country. The period of Appalachian out-migration, roughly from the 1930s through the 1950s, saw many mountain residents moving North to the Midwestern industrial cities of Chicago, Cleveland, Akron, and Detroit. This movement North, which became known as the “Hillbilly Highway”, brought these previously isolated communities into mainstream United States culture. In response, poor white mountaineers became central characters in newspapers, pamphlets, and eventually, motion pictures. Authors at the time were inspired by historical figures such as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. The mountaineer image transferred over to the 20th century where the “hillbilly” stereotype emerged