Gone Home : Race and Roots through Appalachia

Gone Home : Race and Roots through Appalachia

Description

Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have witnessed countless stories about Appalachia: its changing political leanings, its opioid crisis, its increasing joblessness, and its declining population. These stories, however, largely ignore Black Appalachian lives. Karida L. Brown's Gone Home offers a much-needed corrective to the current whitewashing of Appalachia. In telling the stories of African Americans living and working in Appalachian coal towns, Brown offers a sweeping look at race, identity, changes in politics and policy, and Black migration in the region and beyond.

Drawn from over 150 original oral history interviews with former and current residents of Harlan County, Kentucky, Brown shows that as the nation experienced enormous transformation throughout the pre- and post-Civil Rights Era, so too did black Americans. In reconstructing the life histories of Black coalminers, Brown shows the mutable and shifting nature of collective identity, the struggles of labor and representation, and that Appalachia is far more diverse than you think.


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Details

Author(s)
Karida L. Brown
Format
Hardback | 256 pages
Dimensions
155 x 235 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
Publication date
24 Sep 2018
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication City/Country
Chapel Hill, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
16 halftones, 2 tables
ISBN10
1469647036
ISBN13
9781469647036