Excerpted from "Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia."
Eleven pieces on identity, community, exploitation, and resilience in Appalachia.
By Elizabeth Catte How Ida Tarbell came to write The History of the Standard Oil Company—her landmark 1904 muckraking exposé [...]
We all remember our favorite teachers. We tuck their small acts of kindness away in basements or in attic boxes: red-penned lines of encouragement, our worth acknowledged. We remember their handwriting and the wooden, waxy smell of their classrooms. Many of us continue to do good work in their names, and this is especially true of individuals who later became teachers themselves.
by Elizabeth Catte Photography by Queer Appalachia Granny witch. Dirt femme. Two-spirit. Farm-Her. Affrilachian. Fag Hillbilly. The individuals in the [...]
By Elizabeth Catte, via The Guardian and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project To satisfy an elitist, narrative fetish about ‘Trump [...]
In Appalachia, Coding Bootcamps That Aim To Retrain Coal Miners Increasingly Show Themselves To Be ‘New Collar’ Grifters
By Elizabeth Catte A recent class action lawsuit filed in West Virginia against a retraining program that promised unemployed coal [...]
By Elizabeth Catte In JD Vance’s latest chapter as champion of America’s forgotten heartland, the Hillbilly Elegy author yesterday announced [...]
A Pair of Dominion Pipelines in Appalachia Are Uniting a Coalition of Environmental Activists That Crosses Racial, Economic, and Geographic Lines
"While there are no Neo-Nazis in the streets of Charlottesville today, white supremacy is very much at work in the offices of Dominion Energy. Money rules, African Americans suffer. It is an old story of power and heartlessness."
It’s fitting that in Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, What Happened—a postmortem about her failed 2016 bid for the presidency—she gives the title “Country Roads” to a chapter about West Virginia.