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Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence : Web Resources and Multimedia 2019

Web Resources: Appalachia: Culture and Linguistics

Appalachia: The Region and its People

CSEGA: Marshall University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia

Appalachian Region Commission: government commission on Appalachia

Appalachian Trail Conservancy: home page of the Appalachian Trail group that creates the Foxfire books


The Dialect of The Appalachian People: online article from West Virginia History

Southern Appalachian English: website from the University of South Carolina on and about Appalachian English; check out the bibliography!

DARE Language Distribution Maps: in color, these are the "regions" of American English as compiled in the Dictionary of American English; here, also is a list of linguistic regions each state is part of.

Billie Holiday "God Bless the Child"

Below is a video of a song mentioned in the short story "Music for Meriah" in  Crystal Wilkinson's Blackberries, Blackberries: Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." This jazz song was uploaded on YouTube on  September 6, 2009 on igotyoudancing's channnel.

Billie Holiday "God Bless the Child"

Another well-known singer during the twentieth century was Marian Anderson. A play called "My Lord What a Night!" about her friendship with Albert Einstein, beginning when he invited her to stay at his house when she'd been denied a hotel room, is part of the Contemporary Americann Theater Festival (CATF) 2019 lineup.

Below is a video of her singing of "My Lord What A Morning," accompanied with photographs. This video was uploaded to YouTube on August 7, 2008 by Sergio I.


Perceptions of People and Place

"Passive, Poor and White? What People Keep Getting Wrong about Appalachia" by Elizabeth Catte, published in The Guardian on February 5, 2018

Appalshop: Non-commercial media outlet dedicated to serving and celebrating Appalachia and its many people and their culture

"Unraveling the Hidden Black History of Appalachian Activism" by Jessica Wilkerson, published on the website on July 27, 2018

Food and Identity

Food plays a large part in showing and celebrating cultural identity. Below are two Appalachian dishes that may or may not be known outside the region.

Stack Cake : blog post about the dessert from Dave Tabler on the blog Appalachian History on October 4, 2017

"Iconic Southern Plates: Appalachian Soup Beans, Corn Bread and Chow-Chow," by Sheri Castle and Travis Milton on Southern; includes recipes