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Appalachia Revisited: New Perspectives on Place, Tradition, and Progress edited by William Schumann and Rebecca Adkins Fletcher

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This book aptly demonstrates how good a choice Appalachian State made in hiring Billy Schumann as the Director of their Appalachian programs and East Tennessee State made in hiring Rebecca Adkins Fletcher. They have clearly energized the next generation of Appalachian scholars as demonstrated by the fact that, of the 24 contributors to this collection of essays, I only know Billy and Anita Puckett. This is not the old guard. Three contributors are doctoral students. What is even more impressive is that Billy and Ms. Fletcher have exemplified, in this volume, the values that the best of the old guard hopes will infuse the next generation. The book has four parts. It starts with an acknowledgement of “Race, Ethnicity, and Gender” and goes through “Language, Rhetoric, and Literacy” right into “Economy and Environment” and concludes with “Engagement.” Wow!

Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, a 2017 paperback reprint of a 2016 release. 310 pages with an Index and Teaching Exercises. Trade paperback