‘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 […]

Appalachia: You can’t get there from here

There are many competing and overlapping definitions of Appalachia. In the larger U.S. culture, the one birthed by local color fiction in late 19th Century popular national magazines struck root.  While this prototype has mutated, its many iterations still largely […]

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A community college president shares 10 things to do in the first 100 days

Dr. L. Marshall Washington, 47, is president of the New River Community and Technical College in Beaver, West Virginia. Washington was photographed in Lewisburg, West Virginia as part of a Martin Luther King celebration. Dr. Washington was the keynote speaker at […]

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Black Lung benefits could be at risk for thousands of miners under ACA repeal

At the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic in Scarbro, West Virginia, oxygen tubes dangle from the noses of three miners slowly pedaling on stationary bikes.  All of these men have black lung – a disease caused by breathing in coal dust. Over […]

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For this gas industry worker, Trump is a ‘real dude’

Jimmy Palmer, 32, of Upshur County, West Virginia, works in the gas industry. Palmer ran a rig crew drilling for natural gas. Now he’s changing jobs to work at “the other end of it” where he manages the fluid coming […]

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Appalachian Trump and Clinton voters pick their causes to march for women

Alice Dilbeck, 58, of Harvest, Alabama is retired from the software solutions industry. She traveled to Ohio to work on the Hillary Clinton campaign.  After the election, Dilbeck was one of the local organizers for the Alabama chapter of the […]

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A Sunset from the Wolftown Community in Cherokee, North Carolina. Photo: Bear Allison/For 100 Days in Appalachia

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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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‘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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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 […]

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