The Appalachian region stretches across some thirteen states along the eastern portion of the United States. The area contains some of the most diverse geography, cultures, and traditions in the entire country. This page captures just a few of the many glimpses at some of these wide-ranging demographics. Feel free to use this information as an entry point into discussions, projects, or other forms of critical analysis for classes and events, or as a way to augment the reading of Hillbilly Elegy. The possibilities are as adventurous and wide open as the Appalachian Trail itself. Explore!
African Culture in Appalachia
Dr. Athnea Webb from the The Oxford African American Studies Center offers an extensive overview of African American history within the Appalachians. In this piece, Webb examines demographical and cultural stereotypes by laying out a clear and concise history. The piece also offers a list of additional reads to help supplement the information given.
A Counter-Narrative to Appalachia's "Whitewashing"
Vance discusses white, working class social problems in Appalachia. Through the talk, he talks about cultural, familial, and cultural identity issues.
This article offers a counter-narrative to the notion of the Appalachians as a purely whitewashed, coal mining region.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is dedicated to strengthening the economic conditions in Appalachia. In doing so, they are highly invested in the people, the land, and infrastructure. As a result, the ARC has collected a great deal of demographic data that is helpful in understanding the Appalachian region. Click here to see more.
Marco Werman and Sam Harnett explore the Latino population that makes up a large majority of Dalton, Georgia. Along with the article, the piece also contains a podcast with an insightful look at diversity in the Appalachian region.
What might the thirteen-fold Hispanic population increase in Nashville, Tennessee say about the changing demographics in the Appalachians? What changes, challenges, and possibilities exist?