Agriculture and Land Use
Mountain farms, gardening, ginseng, absentee landowners.
Broad studies, academic programs, bibliographies.
Archaeology and Physical Anthropology
Prehistoric, pre-European. For Cultural Anthropology/Ethnology, see: Social Conditions.
Architecture, Historic Buildings, Historic Sites
Homes, outbuildings, significant structures and landscapes, guidebooks.
Arts and Crafts
Wood and stone carving, quilting, weaving, basketry, chair making and woodworking, pottery, photography, painting, glass artistry, and more.
Significant figures, obituaries and tributes.
Civil War, Military
Wartime impact and involvement.
Coal, Industry, Labor, Railroads, Transportation
Including lumber, iron & steel, oil & gas, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), automobile, chemical, hydroelectric, nuclear, glass, textile, livestock, mining, and tourist trade industries; labor unions and strikes; highways, canals and river transportation.
Description and Travel, Recreation and Sports
Including car trips, hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, white water rafting, mountain climbing, guidebooks, and sports teams.
Economic Conditions, Economic Development, Economic Policy, Poverty
Including Appalachian Regional Commission programs, community action efforts, unemployment, housing, and hunger.
Secondary, higher and adult education; illiteracy; mission and settlement schools; museums; libraries.
Environment, Geology, Natural History, Rivers, Parks
Conservation, pollution, mountains, forests, streams, wild flowers, wildlife, state and national parks, guidebooks.
Ethnicity and Race, African Americans, Immigrants, Native Americans
Includes Cherokee and Melungeon studies, segregation and slavery, immigrant settlers and laborers, black miners, Jews.
Legends, ghosts and witches, superstitions, storytelling and jack tales, rhymes and riddles.
Frontier and Pioneer Life, Pre-Industrial Appalachia
Colonial and settlement eras, seventeenth to mid-nineteenth century history, Indian wars.
Health and Medicine
Folk medicine, midwifery, herbalists and granny doctors, diet and nutrition, black lung, AIDS, cancer, clinics, obstacles to community health care including cultural and language barriers, and drug abuse (including methamphetamine).
Literature, Language, Dialect
Fiction (including “local color” period), nonfiction, short stories, essays, poetry, drama, reviews, author interviews, children’s and adolescent literature, fictional memoirs, classic reprints, and language/dialect studies.
Mass Media, Stereotypes
Hillbilly (and noble savage, mountain maid) stereotypes, satire, and misrepresentation in print, TV, radio, and movies; Hatfield and McCoy feuding image, cartoons (Snuffy Smith, Li'l Abner); and popular television series (The Waltons, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Dukes of Hazzard, Justified, and more recent reality shows including Moonshiners, Snake Man of Appalachia, Call of the Wildman, and American Stuffers).
Migration, Population, Urban Appalachians
Primarily studies of out-migration to cities such as Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Akron, and Baltimore, especially post-World War II; treatment of those populations as an underclass. Also in-migration (e.g., Florida retirees) to Appalachia. For Latino Studies, see: Ethnicity and Race. For Immigrants, see: Coal, Industry; and Ethnicity and Race.
Ballads, shape note singing, bluegrass, gospel, country, old-timey, families and artists, dulcimer and fiddle, dancing and clogging.
Politics and Government
Local, state, and federal; elections; party loyalties and boundaries; appropriations (e.g., ARC); New Deal; programs and policies.
Church denominations; Primitive Baptists; Holiness Churches, and snake handling; religion in schools; missionary workers; circuit riders; revivals.
Social Conditions, Social Life, and Customs
Includes study of values, attitudes, social activism, structure and change; humor; oral history; memoirs; food and recipes; festivals and holidays; gay and lesbian studies; feuds and domestic violence; Foxfire series; coal camp life; and more.
Women’s experience as settlers, mothers, leaders, miners’ wives, elderly, teachers, missionaries; family role and gender studies; Mother Jones and other significant figures; artists and entrepreneurs; stereotypes.
Doctoral theses found in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database.