What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia (None)

Elizabeth Catte (Author)


In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America's "forgotten tribe" of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America's recent fascination with the people and problems of the region. The book analyzes trends in contemporary writing on Appalachia, presents a brief history of Appalachia with an eye toward unpacking Appalachian stereotypes, and provides examples of writing, art, and policy created by Appalachians as opposed to for Appalachians. The book offers a must-needed insider's perspective on the region.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Belt Publishing
Publish Date
February 06, 2018
5.0 X 0.6 X 7.2 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Elizabeth Catte is a writer and historian from East Tennessee. She holds a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and is the co-owner of Passel, a historical consulting and development company. She lives in Staunton, VA.


"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype." --Kirkus Reviews
"A brief, forceful, and necessary correction." --Frank Guan, Bookforum
"The most damning critique of Hillbilly Elegy." --Nancy Isenberg, New York Review of Books
"Highlighting decades of suppressed workers' rights movements, as well as prison facilities that still exploit low-cost labor, Catte expands the perspective on Appalachia. Readers will indeed get more right about this slice of the country after reading her book." --Cheryl Krocker McKeon, Shelf Awareness
"Succeeds in providing a richer, more complex view of a much-maligned region." --Publishers Weekly