What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

By Elizabeth Catte

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"In Appalachia, coal isn't just coal. It's the blackest part of a constellation of knowledge that tells us it is easier in our world to bury a person alive than to lift her up."

Historian Elizabeth Catte's biting response to J.D Vance's popular memoir Hillbilly Elegy does exactly what it sets out to do. What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia retrieves the narrative from the sticky fingers of sensational journalists, "local color" writers, eugenicists disguised as academics, and self-appointed Appalachian representatives such as Vance. Through storytelling and photographic imagery of the labor and civil rights movements which are deeply rooted in these hills, Catte complicates our belief in a white, complacent, and doomed Appalachia.

Read for: a solid history of Appalachia post-colonization, sharp and highly quotable writing

Content warnings: State and interpersonal violence (non-graphic), discussions of white supremacy

Esme, Firestorm Collective member

Product Details

Paperback
150 pages
ISBN/SKU
9780998904146
Publisher
Belt Publishing (2/15/18)
Dimensions
5 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
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bestof2018