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Culture, Class and Politics in Modern Appalachia takes stock of the field of Appalachian studies as it explores issues still at the center of its scholarship: culture, industrialization, the labor movement, and twentieth-century economic and political failure and their social impact. A new generation of scholars continues the work of Appalachian studies’ pioneers, exploring the diversity and complexity of the region and its people. Labor migrations from around the world transformed the region during its critical period of economic growth. Collective struggles over occupational health and safety, the environment, equal rights, and civil rights challenged longstanding stereotypes. Investigations of political and economic power and the role of social actors and social movements in Appalachian history add to the foundational work that demonstrates a dynamic and diverse region.
Jennifer Egolf is a Visiting Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ken Fones-Wolf is the Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair and Professor of History at West Virginia University. Louis Martin is Assistant Professor of History at Chatham University.
"An excellent contribution to an understanding of modern developments in studies of Appalachia."
"Readers come away with some fine specifics but also a real feel for the state of regional scholarship."
"Culture, Class, and Politics is a fitting tribute to Ronald Lewis' lifetime of work. The articles are pertinent [and] frequently break new ground..."
"The essays are well written and researched, are infused with historiography, and offer nuance, complexity, and pluralism to a region—not to mention a state—once seen as unitary and ripe for the 'benefits' of civilization."