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A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region



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Scholars who teach, write, or speak on the history and culture of the Appalachian region are frequently asked by students, administrators, or colleagues to recommend a relatively short, comprehensive book about Appalachia. Until now, there has been no interdisciplinary introductory text in Appalachian studies. A Handbook to Appalachia comprises a collection of concise, accessible overviews of the region written by top academics in a variety of fields, all directed at a general audience. Accompanied by dozens of inviting photographs, the essays offer information to those becoming acquainted with Appalachia for the first time as well as to more experienced observers of the region. The essays are arranged to show how various features of Appalachia are related. Each essay is followed by a list of suggested readings for further study. A Handbook to Appalachia provides a clear, concise first step toward understanding the expanding field of Appalachian studies, from the history of the area to its sometimes conflicted image, from its music and folklore to its outstanding literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Appalachian History
Richard Straw
Peoples of Appalachia: Cultural Diversity Within the Mountain Region
Stevan R. Jackson
Natural Resources and Environment of Appalachia
David L. Rouse
L. Sue Greer-Pitt
The Economy of Appalachia
Thomas R. Shannon
The Politics of Change in Appalachia
Stephen L. Fisher
Patti Page Church
Christine Weiss Daugherty
Bennett M. Judkins
Shaunna L. Scott
Health Care in Appalachia
Anne B. Blakeney
Education in Appalachia
Sharon Teets
Appalachian Folklife
Deborah Thompson
Irene Moser
Appalachian Music: Examining Popular Assumptions
Ted Olson
Ajay Kalra
Religion in Appalachia
Melinda Bollar Wagner
Appalachian Literature
Danny Miller
Sandra Ballard
Roberta Herrin
Stephen D. Mooney
Susan Underwood
Jack Wright
Visual Arts in Appalachia
M. Anna Fariello
Appalachians Outside the Region
Phillip J. Obermiller
Michael E. Maloney
Pauletta Hansel
Contributors 253(6)
Index 259

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