Reclaiming Congressman Philip Doddridge from Tidewater Cultural Imperialism Samuel J. Richards estern Pennsylvanians reacted with praise or condemnation when W President Donald Trump declared “Pittsburgh, not Paris” in June 2017 as a reason for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. In d - o ing so, Trump conjured a vision of Pittsburgh that has not existed for at least thirty years. It was not the first time a well-connected, wealthy, political leader of the United States used an exaggerated depiction of life just west of the Alleghenies to promote a political vision. In 2008, then US senator Barack Obama faced accusations of elitism when he provided his own ou - t sider’s interpretation of small-town Pennsylvanians during a private c-am paign stop in San Francisco. He described the region’s working-class citizens as “bitter” and “cling[ing] to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” This was nothing new. From the earliest days of European settlement, people in the upper Ohio River Valley of southwestern Pennsylvania, western (later West) V - ir ginia, and the Ohio Country have been subject to misrepresentation by b - et ter-connected writers from Yankee New England and the Virginia Tidewater. This upper
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