In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: “East Virginia” and “John Brown’s Dream.” An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo’s evolution.
When people hear “Appalachia,” stereotypes and even slurs often immediately jump to mind, words like “backwards,” “ignorant,” “hillbilly” or “yokel.” But Appalachian attitudes about technology’s role in daily life are … Continue reading →
This rural White organization put out a call for working-class Whites to “reject the idea of whiteness.” Last year, following the presidential election, I wrote a column suggesting that people who … Continue reading →
Waste people. Rubbish. Clay-eaters. Hillbillies. Recent books that reckon with the long, bleak history of the country’s white poor suggest their plight shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country … Continue reading →