Readings and Film

Below are resources for you to explore Appalachian Studies. If you have a film, reading, or other resource, please email


Relevant Titles

Newer Releases


  • Appalachia: A History Williams, John Alexander
  • All That is Native and Fine, The Politics of Culture in an American Region Williams, John Alexander
  • Modernizing the Mountaineer Whisnant, David
  • Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945 Eller, Ronald
  • Night Comes to the Cumberland: A Biography of a Depressed Area Caudill, Harry
  • Confronting Stereotypes: Backtalk from an American Region Billings, Norman and Ledford (eds)
  • Appalachia on Our Mind: The Southern Mountains and Mountaineers in the American Consciousness, 1870-120 Shapiro, Henry
  • Fued: Hatfields, McCoys, and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900 Waller, Altina
  • Women, Power, and Dissent in the Hills of Carolina Anglin, Mary
  • Selling Tradition: Appalachia and the Construction of an American Folk Becker, Jane
  • Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work and Activism Rice Connie P and Marie Tedesco
  • Beyond Hill and Hollow: Original Readings in Appalachian Women’s Studies Engelhardt, Elizabeth S. D.
  • The Social Construction of Educational Leadership: Southern Appalachian Ceilings McFadden, Smith
  • Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America Carr and Kefalas
  • Miners, Millhands, and Mountaineers: Industrialization of the Appalachian South, 1880-1920 Ronald D. Eller
  • Mountain People In a Flat Land, A Popular History of Appalachian Migration to Northeast Ohio, 1940-1965 Carl E. Feather
  • Always A River: The Ohio River and the American Experience edited by Robert L. Reid
  • Little Cities of Black Diamonds Darbee, Nancy A. Recchie
  • Coal & Culture: Opera Houses in Appalachia William Faricy Condee
  • Home and Away: The Rise and Fall of Professional Football on the Banks of the Ohio, 1919-1934 Carl M. Becker
  • Extracting Appalachia: Images of the Consolidation Coal Company, 1910-1945 Buckley
  • On Jordan’s Banks: Emancipation and Its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley. Darrel E. Bigham
  • Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities Shirley Stewart Burns
  • Ohio: The History of a People Andrew Cayton
  • Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier Anne Kelly Knowles
  • Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8 Callie Lyons
  • To Save the Land and the People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia Chad Montrie
  • Jewish Communities on the Ohio River: A History Amy Hill Shevitz
  • Coal Towns: Life, Work, and Culture in Company Towns of Southern Appalachia, 1880-1960 Crandall Shifflett
  • The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio Mississippi Disaster of 1937 David Welky
  • Studying Appalachian studies: Making the Path by Walking Berry, Obermiller, Scott, eds
  • Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass Murphy Hicks Henry


Readings on Gender and Ethnicity in Appalachia

This section Provided by the Center for the Study of Gender and Ethnicity in Appalachia, Marshall University

There are many great books and publications that have been published on the subject of the culture and gender of the people who live in Appalachia. The following is a listing of books that have been recommended by CSEGA, our affiliates, and visitors to this site.


African American Migration to Ansted, West Virginia.
Author: Brucella Jordan

Black Coal Miners in American, 1780-1980. (1987)
Author: Ronald Lewis
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Blacks in Appalachia. (1985)
Editors: William H. Turner and Edward J. Cabbell
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (2000)
Author: Patricia Hill-Collins
Publisher: Routledge. New York. 2nd ed.

“Blacks in West Virginia: A Critique of
the Secondary Literature and a Survey of the Primary Sources.” In West Virginia
History: Critical Essays on the Literature. (1993)
Editors: Ronald Lewis and John Hennen
Publisher: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Co.;
and in

Honoring Our Past: Proceedings of the First Two Conferences on West Virginia’s
Black History. (1991)
Editors: Joe W. Trotter and Ancella Radford Bickley
Publisher: Alliance for the Collection, Preservation, & Dissemination of West
Virginia’s Black History.

Coal, Class and
Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia 1915-32 (1990)
Author: Joe Trotter
Publisher: University of Illinois Press

“History Uncovers the Role of Appalachian Black Women.” In Now and Then. 3:1, pp. 13-15. (Winter 1986)
Author: Edward J. Cabbell

“LOST VOICES: Rediscovering the Contributions of African-American Women to West Virginia.”
Marshall University 1996 Summer Honors Class
Click Here for full text of website.

Memphis Tennessee Garrsison: The Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachia Woman. (2001)
Editors: Ancella R. Bickley and Lynda Ann Ewen
Publisher: Ohio University Press

“The Black South and White Appalachia.” In Journal of American History. 66, pp. 832-49.
Author: James C. Klotter

Ethnicity & Identity

Appalachian On Our Mind: The Southern Mountains and Mountaineers in the American Consciousness. (1978)
Author: Henry David Shapiro
Publisher:University of North Carolina Press

Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. (1998)
Editor: Joyce Dyer

Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change. (1993)
Editor: S.L. Fisher
Publisher: Temple University Press

Hillbilly Land.
Author: Jerry Williamson

“Sustaining the Myth of the ‘Black Underclass’: Ignoring West Virginia.” In West Virginia Sociological Review. 2:1. (Fall 1996)
Author: Lynda Ann Ewen


Authorized to Heal: Gender, Class, and the Transformation of Medicine in Central Appalachia, 1880-1930. (2000)
Author: Sandra Lee Barney
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

“Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian South.” In Journal of American History. 73, pp. 354-382. (1968)
Author: Jacqueline Dowd Hall

Growing Up Creeker: Class and Gender in Rural Appalachia.
Author: Linda DeRosier

“Will The Real Daisey Mae Please Stand Up?: A Methodological Essay on Gender Analysis in Appalachian Research.”
In Appalachian Journal. 21:2, pp. 136-150.
Author: Sally Ward Maggard

“Images and Identities of Appalachian Women: Sorting Out the Impact
of Class, Gender, and Cultural Heritage.” In Down Home, Downtown:
Urban Appalachians Today.
Editor: Phillip J. Obermille, pp. 29-46. (1995)
Author: Roberta Campbell
Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company


A History of Appalachia. (2001)
Author: Richard D. Drake
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky


A Southern Weave of Women: Fiction of the Contemporary South.
Author: Linda Tate
Publisher: The University of Georgia Press

Author: Jeff Mann
Publisher: Brick House Books

Human Landscapes.
Author: Edwina Pendarvis
Publisher: Bottom Dog Press

Re-Membering, Re-Weaving, Re-Visioning ‘Other’ Ways: Contemporary Women Writing in Appalachia. (1999)
Authors: Shirley Lumpkin, Laura Tussey, Jan Adkins-Bills, Edwina Pendarvis
Publisher: The Drinko Academy (book) Marshall University & The Drinko Academy (cd-rom)

Saga of Coe Ridge and Don’t Go Up Kettle Creek.
Author: Lynwood Montell

Seeking The Corn-Mother’s Wisdom (1993)
Author: Marilou Awiakta
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishers

Storming Heaven and The Unquiet Earth (1992)
Author: Denise Giardina
Publisher:W.W. Norton

“Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry, 1950 – 1999.”
Editors: Kirk Judd and Barbara Smith
Publisher: Publishers Place

Native Americans

Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835. (1998)
Author: Theda Perdue
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Constructing, Fragmenting, and Reconstructing Identity: The Struggle of Appalachian Women Attempting To Reconnect To Their Native American Heritage. 
Unpublished Thesis (2001)
Author: Linda Burcham Trollinger
Will be available online soon.

“The Reawakening of the Cherokee.”
In Appalachian Journal. 2:4, pp. 276 -279.
(Summer 1975)


Appalachian Women: An Annotated Bibliography. (1981)
Author: Sidney S. Farr
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Dignity: Lower Class Women tell of their Lives and Struggles. (1985)
Author: F.L. Buss
Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Hillbilly Women: Mountain Women Speak of Stuggle and Joy in Southern Appalachia. (1972)
Author: Kathy Kahn
Publisher: Doubleday and Co.

Missing Chapters II: West Virginia Women in History. (1986)
Editor: Frances Hensley
Publisher: West Virginia Women’s Co

Social Reality of a Group of Rural, Low-Status, Appalachian Women: A Grounded Theory Study, Children of Poverty Series. (1993)
Author: Judith I. Fiene
Publisher: Garland Publishing, Inc.

“Walk-ons in the Third Act: The Role of Women in Appalachian Historiography.” In Journal of Appalachian Studies. 4, pp. 5-28. (1998)
Author: Barbara Ellen Smith

“The Status of Women’s History Research in West Virginia.” In West Virginia History: Critical Essays on the Literature. (1991)
Author: Barb Howe
Publisher: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Co.

Women, Development, and Communities for Empowerment in Appalachia. (1995)
Author: V. Seitz


Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes: Back Talk from an American Region. (1999)
Editor: Dwight B. Billings et al.
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky

Revisiting Buffalo Creek and Everything In Its Path: Deconstructing An Outsider’s Stereotypes.
Authors: Lynda Ann Ewen and Julie Lewis
Reprinted with permission from Appalachian Journal, Vol. 27 No. 1 (Fall 1999). Copyright Appalachian State University. All rights reserved.


Appalachia in the Making: The Mountain South in the Nineteenth Century. (1995)
Editors: Mary Beth Pudup, Dwight B. Billings, & Altina L. Waller
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Appalachian Odessey: Historical
Perspectives on the Great Migration. (2000)
Editors: Phillip J. Obermiller, Thomas E. Wagner, and Bruce Tucker
Publisher: Praeger

Our Appalachia. (1971)
Editors: Laurel Shackleford & Bill Weinburg
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky

“Preindustrial Jackson County and Economic Development.” In Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association. 2, pp. 1-10.
Author: Gordon McKinney

The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860. (1996)
Author: Wilma Dunnaway
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

The Livelihood of Kin: Making Ends Meet the Kentucky Way. (1990)
Author: R. Halperin
Publisher: University of Texas Press

Which Side Are You On? The Brookside Mine Strike in Harlan County, Kentucky 1973-1974. (1979)
Author: Lynda Ann Ewen
Publisher: Vanguard Press


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