In 2016, two events brought us back to an examination of Appalachia in ways we hadn’t, perhaps, since the 1960’s ‘War on Poverty’. One was the headline that it was ground zero for America’s ‘forgotten tribe’ of white working class voters who made up Trump Country. The other was the publishing of the influential book, ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J. D. Vance. Elizabeth Catte, a writer and historian from East Tennessee, feels that many voices have been omitted when trying to simply put this region into a monolithic box and call it ‘other America’. She tries to provide a different aperture into the lives and culture of the region in her book, ‘What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia’. That examination is available for you here in her own words.
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia
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