Activism

Activism

Appalachia is home to countless local and regional organizations that have sought, and continue to seek, social justice and a better life for inhabitants of the region.

Meeting of Miners and Widows
Pikeville, Ky., 1969
Jeanne M. Rasmussen Collection

 

 

APPALACHIAN COLLECTIONS

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Bumpass Cove-Embreeville

Records (1971-81) relate to the work of the Bumpass Cove Citizens Group against hazardous waster dumping in the community, which straddles Washington and Unicoi counties, Tenn. Included are articles of incorporation, by-laws, correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings.



Coal Employment Project

Contains records of an organization active in support of women employed in coal mining. Relates to such issues as mine safety, miners' health, sexual discrimination and harassment, and the training of women miners.



Congress for Appalachian Development

Organized in 1966, the group's purpose was "to restore self-government and natural resources of the region for the common benefit of all the people" of the region. Included are materials related to such issues as Appalachian economic development, public utilities and rural electrification, pollution and reclamation, land use, and mining safety.



Council on Appalachian Women

Council created in 1976 to promote education for women and research on women's needs. The collection includes correspondence, minutes, position papers, financial statements, grant proposals, publications, newspaper clippings, photographs, and audiotapes related to the council's work. Such topics as abortion, child development, conjugal violence, and economic development are covered.



Federation of Communities in Service

Consists of bylaws, minutes, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and research files that document the history of FOCIS and affiliated service organizations. Research and photographic files were used in the publication of Mountain Sisters: from convent to community in Appalachia by Helen M. Lewis and Monica Appleby.



Human Economic Appalachian Development Corporation

Organized as a coalition of church-related self-help groups in central Kentucky in 1974, the corporation's goal was to reverse poverty and outmigration from the region by promoting community-based economic and housing development. Papers reflect activities from 1974-79 and include charter of incorporation, by-laws, newsletters, and photographs.



Jonesboro Woman's Christian Temperance Union

Consists of a ledger containing the group's minutes (1895-99) and newspaper clippings.



Maxine Kenny

This collection documents Kenny's involvement in environmental issues. Includes material on radio programs produced by Kenney: "Down to Earth," "Dungannon," and "A Time to Reap."



Model Valley Economic Development Corporation

Organized in 1970, the non profit corporation sought to improve economic conditions and promote social services in the Clear Fork Valley of Tennessee. Materials include organizational documents, newspaper clippings, other printed matter, and photographs.



Franklin Parker

This collection documents the life of Myles Horton and his activities at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Includes articles, newspaper clippings, publications, and correspondence.



June M. Rostan

Contains correspondence, recordings, photographs, scrapbooks, and other material documenting Rostan's involvement with the Coal Employment Project, other grassroots organizations, and her union-organizing activities.



Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Contains information on the Conservancy's formation. Also, reports and papers relating to Big Yellow Mountain and Roan Mountain.



Southern Empowerment Project

Documents the activities of the Southern Empowerment Project, an organization made up of regional self-help groups, including the Community Farm Alliance, Charlotte Organizing Committee, and Save our Cumberland Mountains.



Tennessee Against Chemical Hazards

Consists of subject and geographical files of the non-profit organization concerned with chemical hazards in the environment. Topics covered include the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, Bumpass Cove waste disposal, and the Sullivan County Concerned Citizens group.



Tennessee Hunger Coalition

Consists of records from the Kingsport location, 1978-96. Includes material on hunger, healthcare, nutrition, community development, and women's issues. Also includes information on grassroots organization that networked with the Coalition.



Urban Appalachian Council

Formed in 1974, the council sought to increase programs for Appalachian migrants, especially in Cincinnati. Materials include publications, reports, and other printed matter related to issues involving migrants from Appalachia living in urban settings.

 
          
 



SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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Billings, Dwight B. Confronting Appalachian stereotypes: back talk from an American region. F210.C66 1999

Billings, Dwight B. The road to poverty: the making of wealth and hardship in Appalachia. HC107.A127 B55 2000

Caudill, Harry M. My land is dying . 1971. TN291.C37

Duncan, Cynthia M. World's apart: why poverty persists in rural America. HC110.P6 D86 1999.

Drumright, William. The Appalachia in their minds: the Highlander Research and Education Center and the Congress of Appalachian Development, 1962-1982 . LC5301.M65 D78 1996

Eller, Ronald D. Uneven ground: Appalachia since 1945. HN79.A127 E55 2008

Fisher, Stephen L. Fighting back in Appalachia: traditions of resistance and change . 1993. HN79.A127 F54

Gaventa, John. Power and powerlessness: quiescence and rebellion in an Appalachian valley. 1980. HC107.A127 G38

Gaventa, John. Communities in economic crisis . HC107.A127 C65 1990

Glen, John M. Highlander, no ordinary school, 1932-1962. 1988. LC5301.M65 G55

Glenn, Max E. Appalachia in transition . 1970. HN79.A13 G56

Hinsdale, Mary Ann, Helen Lewis, and S. Maxine Waller . It comes from the people: community development and local theology. HN79.V83 C645 1995

Horton Aimee Isgrig. The Highlander Folk School: a history of its major programs, 1932-1961 . 1989. LC5301.M65 H67

Horton, Myles. The long haul: an autobiography . 1990 LC5301. M65

Keefe, Susan E. Participatory development in Appalachia: cultural identity, community, and sustainability. 2009. On order

Kiffmeyer, Thomas. Reformers to radicals: the Appalachian Volunteers and the war on poverty. HN79.A127 K45 2008

Lewis, Helen M., and Monica Appleby. Mountain sisters: from convent to community in Appalachia. BV4420.L48 2003

Montrie, Chad. To save the land and people: a history of opposition to surface coal mining in Appalachia. TD195.S75 M56 2003

Taylor, A. Elizabeth. The woman suffrage movement in Tennessee . 1978. JR1911.T2 T36

Weinbaum, Eve S. To move a mountain: fighting the global economy in Appalachia. HD5708.55.U62 A558 2004.

Whisnant, David E. Modernizing the mountaineer: people, power, and planning in Appalachia. 1981. HC107.A127 W48