Appalachian studies is the area studies field concerned with the
Appalachian region of the United States.
3 A brief
Appalachian studies bibliography
5 Further reading
6 Suggested reading
7 External links
Some of the first well-known Appalachian scholarship was done by
Cratis D. Williams. His 1937 MA thesis in English from the University
of Kentucky focused on 471 ballads and songs from eastern Kentucky and
his 1961 PhD dissertation at New York University was called “The
Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction” with part of it appearing
in The Appalachian Journal 1975-76 (Williams 1-2)
Berea College president W.D. Weatherford received a Ford Foundation
grant in 1957 to underwrite an exhaustive regional study, The Southern
Appalachian Region: A Survey, published in 1962, which many see as the
beginning of the modern
Appalachian studies movement (Blaustein 47-8).
West Virginia University
West Virginia University librarian Robert F. Munn noted that
“more nonsense has been written about the Southern Mountains than
any comparable area in the United States.” He also observed that
there was “distressingly little in the way of useful primary and
secondary materials” available for historical research on
Appalachia” (Munn 1966).
Over the four decades since Munn’s comments, a wealth of excellent
Appalachian scholarship has been published. Appalachian Studies is
interdisciplinary, as befits the study of a complex and diverse region
and people. Appalachian Studies includes such disciplines as history,
literature, anthropology, music, religion, economics, education,
environment, folklore and folk customs, labor issues, women's issues,
ethnicity, health care, community organizing, economic development,
coal mining, tourism, art, demography, migration, and urban &
rural planning. Appalachian scholarship has addressed – and
continues to address – various issues within all of these academic
Several academic journals are dedicated to Appalachian Studies,
including Appalachian Journal, published by Appalachian State
University, Journal of Appalachian Studies, published by the
Appalachian Studies Association, Now & Then, published by East
Tennessee State University, and Appalachian Heritage, published by
Berea College. For a larger list of pertinent Appalachian Studies
journals and magazines, refer to Marie Tedesco’s Selected
Bibliography on the
Appalachian Studies Association website.
Much of the scholarship and research about
Appalachia is done by
scholars who are members of the Appalachian Studies Association.
A number of colleges and universities in and around
courses and degrees in Appalachian Studies. These range from a Master
of Arts in Appalachian Studies offered at Appalachian State University
and East Tennessee State University, to undergraduate minors at a
dozen schools. Many schools also have Appalachian Studies collections
and archives in their libraries.
Appalachian studies bibliography
The following is a brief list of important books in the Appalachian
Studies canon that would serve as a good introductory reading list.
These titles were culled from a poll of members of the Steering
Committee of the
Appalachian Studies Association taken in the Spring
Appalachia: A History. By John Alexander Williams. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press. 2002.
Appalachia on Our Mind: the Southern Mountains and Mountaineers in the
American Consciousness, 1870-1920. By Henry D. Shapiro. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press. 1978.
Appalachia in the Making: the Mountain South in the Nineteenth
Century. Ed. by Mary Beth Pudup, Dwight B. Billings, and Altina L.
Waller. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1995.
Appalachia: Social Context Past and Present. Fifth Edition. Ed. by
Phillip J. Obermiller and Michael E. Maloney. Kendall Hunt Publishers.
Appalachians and Race: the Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation.
Ed. by John C. Inscoe. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 2000.
Back talk from Appalachia : Confronting Stereotypes. Ed. by
Dwight B. Billings, Gurney Norman, and Katherine Ledford. Lexington:
University Press of Kentucky. 2001
Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change. Ed.
by Stephen L. Fisher. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1993.
Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Ed. by Rudy Abramson & Jean Haskell.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. 2006
A Handbook to Appalachia: an Introduction to the Region. Ed. by Grace
Toney Edwards, JoAnn Aust Asbury, and Ricky Cox. Knoxville: University
of Tennessee Press. 2006
High Mountains Rising:
Appalachia in Time and Place. Ed. by Richard A.
Straw and H. Tyler Blethen. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought
Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America. Jeff Biggers.
Emeryville, CA: Shoemaker and Hoard. 2006.
For more detailed bibliographies, refer to the Bibliography section of
the ASA website. For teachers who would like to incorporate
Appalachian Studies content into their classroom, the ASA website
includes a list of Appalachian Studies syllabi for college and
university teachers, as well as a list of resources for K-12 teachers.
Appalachian Studies Association, "Appalachian Libraries and Archives,"
Appalachian Studies Association Website. 2007. Accessed May 4, 2007
Appalachian Studies Association, "Appalachian Studies Syllabi,"
Appalachian Studies Association Website. 2007. Accessed May 9, 2007
Appalachian Studies Association, "Marie Tedesco's Selected
Appalachian Studies Association Website. 2007. Accessed
April 22, 2007
Appalachian Studies Association, "Programs in Appalachian Studies,"
Appalachian Studies Association Website. 2007. Accessed May 22, 2007
Blaustein, Richard. The Thistle and the Brier: Historical Links and
Cultural Parallels Between Scotland and Appalachia, (2003): 47-8.
Munn, Robert. F. 1966. Research Materials on the Appalachian Region.
Mountain Life & Work. (Summer): 13-15.
Williams, Cratis D. Ed. David Cratis Williams, Patricia D. Beaver.
Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia. (2003): 1-2.
Berry, Chad, Phillip J. Obermiller, and Shaunna L. Scott, eds.
Studying Appalachian Studies: Making the Path by Walking (University
of Illinois Press, 2015). xii, 224 pp.
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