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Literacy in the Mountains: Community, Newspaper, and Writing in Appalachia by Samantha NeCamp

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This study focuses on five Eastern Kentucky newspapers published between 1885 and 1920, serving Breathitt, Wolfe, Lawrence, Powell, and Knox Counties. It pays particular attention to how the papers encouraged literacy and schooling and on the role of community correspondents who covered particular small communities out in these counties. “With its impressive analysis of historical uses of literacy, Literacy in the Mountains makes a significant addition to the fields of Appalachian and literacy studies."―Sara Webb-Sunderhaus. "Pointing to the clear and abundant evidence of a high level of engagement between readers and their respective community publications, NeCamp paints a picture of an informed, intelligent and definitely not illiterate Appalachian population at a time when they were becoming widely known as anything but."―Corbin [Kentucky] News Journal. The author, Samantha NeCamp, is an English professor at the University of Cincinnati. Her previous book was about the Moonlight Schools of Rowan County, Kentucky.

Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2019. 146 pages with an Index, Bibliography, Notes and charts. Hardback with pictorial co cover.