Appalachia Used to Be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness Is Frightening.
November 05, 2013
For four decades Ned Beatty has been the unofficial spokesmodel of Appalachian tourism.
Long-Term Trends, Not Racism, Cost Obama Millions of Votes
April 16, 2013
In every election over the last 20 years, Appalachia shifted toward Republicans and the West revolted against the incumbent party’s candidate.
In TNR, the Working Class Has Disappeared
September 06, 2010
Once upon a time, The New Republic ran detailed, empathetic articles about the lives, ideas, and activism of American workers. “They seem easygoing, good-humored and straightforward Southerners,” wrote Edmund Wilson in a 1931 essay about the coal-miners of West Virginia, “so much in the old tradition of American backwoods independence that it is almost impossible to realize they have actually been reduced to the condition of serfs.” In 1966, Maury Maverick Jr. joined a mass march by Texas farmworkers that ended on Labor Day, on the steps of the state capitol building.