Front Porch Politics: ‘White Rural Rage’ gives voice to my rage as a rural leftist

How can a book be filled with broad generalizations, cynical misrepresentations, and ill-defined parameters — yet still feel true?  I’ve been grappling with that question ever since reading “White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy.” Published earlier this year, authors Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman argue that rural America […]

‘Hopeless’ Appalachian Youths Prepare to Vote in 2024

Isabella McMillian, an 18-year-old philosophy major in Boone, North Carolina, is proud of her identity as an Appalachian. She loves the beauty, culture and history of the region, and is happy that she gets to be a part of it.   However, as a queer woman, she says watching people she […]

Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my freshman year at Western Kentucky University. I held this position for three semesters before concentrating on my role in the Student Government Association.  In my capacity as the SGA Director […]

Photo Essay: Exploring Trans and Queer Identity through Appalachian, Christian Iconography

As a queer and gender-nonconforming person navigating life in a region deeply entrenched in Christianity, I find myself straddling two worlds. While I don’t hold any religious beliefs, I cannot deny the profound impact that Appalachian and Deep Southern Christianity have on the queer experience. Not only is religion pitted […]

Front Porch Politics: ‘White Rural Rage’ gives voice to my rage as a rural leftist

How can a book be filled with broad generalizations, cynical misrepresentations, and ill-defined parameters — yet still feel true?  I’ve been grappling with that question ever since reading “White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy.” Published earlier this year, […]

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In West Virginia’s ‘Poultry Capital,’ Immigrant Workers Struggle to Find the Help and Support They Need

This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a week; sign up for the free newsletter at mountainstatespotlight.org/newsletter. Thousands of immigrants have worked at Pilgrim’s Pride’s Moorefield poultry plant, […]

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Not Just Coastal Elites: Here’s How Three Rust Belt Colleges Protested Israel’s War in Gaza

Originally published on June 2, 2024. Republished with permission from The Intercept, an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Sign up for The Intercept’s Newsletter. Much of the national conversation around student […]

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In One of the Most Dangerous Workplaces in West Virginia, a Poultry Giant Has Profited From Immigrant Labor For Decades 

For over three decades, people have come from all over the globe to work for Pilgrim’s Pride’s Moorefield chicken factory. Inside the plant, immigrant workers shoulder a disproportionate amount of the danger. This story was originally published by Mountain State […]

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‘Hopeless’ Appalachian Youths Prepare to Vote in 2024

Isabella McMillian, an 18-year-old philosophy major in Boone, North Carolina, is proud of her identity as an Appalachian. She loves the beauty, culture and history of the region, and is happy that she gets to be a part of it.   […]

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100 Days in Appalachia

Photos from the archives at the Hindman Settlement School in Eastern Kentucky hang from makeshift lines to dry and, hopefully, save. Photo: Erin Reid/Provided

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Front Porch Politics: ‘White Rural Rage’ gives voice to my rage as a rural leftist

How can a book be filled with broad generalizations, cynical misrepresentations, and ill-defined parameters — yet still feel true?  I’ve […]

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In West Virginia’s ‘Poultry Capital,’ Immigrant Workers Struggle to Find the Help and Support They Need

This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a […]

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Not Just Coastal Elites: Here’s How Three Rust Belt Colleges Protested Israel’s War in Gaza

Originally published on June 2, 2024. Republished with permission from The Intercept, an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding […]

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In One of the Most Dangerous Workplaces in West Virginia, a Poultry Giant Has Profited From Immigrant Labor For Decades 

For over three decades, people have come from all over the globe to work for Pilgrim’s Pride’s Moorefield chicken factory. […]

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A white background with red, white, and blue stickers that say "I Voted" scattered across the white table top.

‘Hopeless’ Appalachian Youths Prepare to Vote in 2024

Isabella McMillian, an 18-year-old philosophy major in Boone, North Carolina, is proud of her identity as an Appalachian. She loves […]

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Century Aluminum's Sebree smelter is located in Henderson County, Kentucky. Since it began operations in 1973, more than 10 billion pounds of aluminum have been created. Photo: Century Aluminum

The Green Smelter: Century Aluminum Promises Kentucky’s Next Big Economic Boost, But with Some Risk

In the 1980s, in the United States, coal and aluminum production were each thriving industries. The production of primary aluminum […]

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