Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change

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Sixteen original essays document the extent and variety of citizen resistance and struggle in the Appalachian region since 1960. The contributors-all organizers or activist intellectuals-describe how and why some of the dramatic Appalachian resistance efforts and strategies have arisen.

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This is a powerful compilation of 16 essays examining various groups within the Appalachian region who fought for change in their communities. The essays provide an historical overview of events and strategies arising from citizen resistance to human and environmental exploitation. Frequently portrayed as passive victims, the people of the Appalachian Mountains emerge from this study as courageous activists. Many of the contributors to this volume were participants in the organizations they describe, providing first-hand accounts of the groups' efforts. Extensive footnotes and a bibliography make this a valuable contribution to the literature of social activism. For academic and regional collections.-- Eloise Hitchcock, Tennessee Technological Univ. Lib., Cookeville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877229773
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Fisher is Hawthorne Professor of Political Science at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Building Grassroots Citizen Organizations
1 Stopping the Bulldozers: What Difference Did It Make? 17
2 Like a Flower Slowly Blooming: Highlander and the Nurturing of an Appalachian Movement 31
3 Racism and Organizing in Appalachia 57
4 From Fussin' to Organizing: Individual and Collective Resistance at Yellow Creek 69
5 Save Our Cumberland Mountains: Growth and Change within a Grassroots Organization 85
6 Practical Lessons in Community Organizing in Appalachia: What We've Learned at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth 101
7 The Community Farm Alliance in Kentucky: The Growth, Mistakes, and Lessons of the Farm Movement of the 1980s 123
Pt. II New Strategies in Labor Struggles
8 Appalachian Women Fight Back: Organizational Approaches to Nontraditional Job Advocacy 151
9 The Memory of Miners and the Conscience of Capital: Coal Miners' Strikes as Free Spaces 165
10 Singing Across Dark Spaces: The Union/Community Takeover of Pittston's Moss 3 plant 195
11 The People's Respirator: Coalition Building and the Black Lung Association 225
Pt. III Culture, Class, and Gender in Appalachian Resistance Movements
12 Sowing on the Mountain: Nurturing Cultural Roots and Creativity for Community Change 245
13 Engendering the Struggle: Women's Labor and Traditions of Resistance in Rural Southern Appalachia 263
14 Appalachian Studies, Resistance, and Postmodernism 283
15 Politics, Expressive Form, and Historical Knowledge in a Blue Ridge Resistance Movement 303
16 Conclusion: New Populist Theory and the Study of Dissent in Appalachia 317
Dissent in Appalachia: A Bibliography 339
Directory of Organizations 361
List of Contributors 363
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