Author: James Branscome

Review: Book Details Overlooked Black Experience in Appalachian Coal Camps

William Turner’s “Harlan Renaissance” shows how Black Appalachians built sustaining communities in the midst of racism and discrimination. One of the oldest and most enduring myths about the Appalachian Mountains is that they are now and always have been overwhelmingly populated by white Scots-Irish. Dr. William H. Turner has written a […]

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New Book On Appalachia Gives J.D. Vance His ‘Reckoning’

A collection of essays by scholars and activists attempts to reshape our understanding of the southern mountains. Before you fall for the trope of Hillbilly Elegy and Ron Howard’s proposed film adaptation, get a more complex and complete picture from Appalachian Reckoning, says our reviewer. Review: Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds […]

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