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ENGL 418 Literature of the American South: Appalachian Culture and Literature Bibliographies

This guide contains information that will assist in doing research for ENGL 418

History (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Environment, Ecology, and Geography (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Economy, Industrialization (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Literature (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Ethnicity (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Folk Art, Folklore, and Music (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Images and Stereotypes (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Medicine and Health Care (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Religion (available at Wiggins Memorial Library)

Interlibrary Loan

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Shapiro, Henry. Appalachia on Our Mind, The Southern Mountains and Mountaineers in the American Consciousness, 1870-1920. Chapel Hill:  U of North Carolina P, 1986.


Mielke, David N., ed. Teaching Mountain Children: Towards a Foundation of Understanding. Boone: Appalachian Consortium P, 1978.

Painter, Jacqueline Burgin. The Season of Dorland Bell: History of an Appalachian Mission School. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium P, 1996.

Puckett, John L. Foxfire Reconsidered: A Twenty-Year Experiment in Progressive Education. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1989.

Searles, David P. A College for Appalachia: Alice Lloyd on Caney Creek. Lexington: U P of Kentucky, 1995.

Environment, Ecology, and Geography

Levy, Builder.  Images of Appalachian Coalfields. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1989.

Raitz, Karl B. and Richard Ulack. Appalachia, A Regional Geography: Land, People, and Development. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1984

Economy, Industrialization

Caudill, Harry M.  Theirs Be the PowerChampaign:  U of Illinois P, 1983.

Gaventa, John, Barbara Ellen Smith, and Alex Willingham.  Communities in Economic Crisis:  Appalachia and the South.  Philadelphia:  Temple UP, 1990.

Salstrom, Paul.  Appalachia’s Path to Dependency:  Rethinking A Region's Economic History, 1730-1940.  Lexington: U of Kentucky P, 1994,


Beaver, Patricia, and C. Hill, eds. Cultural Diversity in the U.S. South: Anthropological Contributions to a Region in Transition. Southern Anthropological Society Proceedings, No. 31. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1998.

Jackson, Gloria, and Ester Plovia. Appalachia and Its Black Population: Selected Social and Economic Characteristics. New York: National Urban League, 1972.

Kennedy, N. Brent, and Robyn Vaughn Kennedy. The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People. An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America. Macon, GA: Mercer UP, 1997.

Perdue, Theda. The Cherokee. New York and Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1989.

Trotter, Joe W. Coal, Class and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-32. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1990.

Turner, William, and Edward J. Cabell, eds. Blacks in Appalachia. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1985.

Folk Art, Folklore, and Music

Ardery, Julia S.  The Temptation: Edgar Tolson and the Genesis of Twentieth-Century Folk Art.  Chapel Hill:  U of North Carolina P, 1998.

Burton, Thomas G., ed. Tom Ashley, Sam McGee, Bukka White: Traditional Tennessee Singers. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1980.

Chase, Richard. Folk Tales and Songs, and Other Examples of English-American Traditions as Preserved in the Appalachian Mountains and Elsewhere in the United States. New York: Dover, 1971.

Conway, Cecilia. African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia: A Study of Folk Traditions. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1995.

Davis, Donald D. Jack Always Seeks His Fortune: Authentic Appalachian Jack Tales. Little Rock: August House, 1992.

Gainer, Patrick. W. Witches, Ghosts and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians. Grantsville, WV: Seneca Books, 1975.

Harkness, David James. Indian Legends of the Southern Mountains: A Bicentennial Publication. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1976.

Irwin, John Rice. Musical Instruments of the Southern Appalachian Mountains: A History of the Author’s Collection Housed in the Museum of Appalachia, Norris, Tennessee. Norris, TN: Museum of Appalachia P, 1979.

Lilly, John, ed. Mountains of Music. West Virginia Traditional Music from Goldenseal. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1999.

Mathes, Charles Hodge. Tall Tales from Old Smoky. Kingsport, TN: Southern Publishers, 1952.

Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts Along the Cumberland: Deathlore in the Kentucky Foothills. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1975.

Montell, William Lynwood. Singing the Glory Down: Amateur Gospel Music in South Central Kentucky, 1900-1990. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1991.

Murray, Kenneth M. Footsteps of the Mountain Spirits. Appalachia: Myths, Legends, and Landscapes of the Southern Highlands. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain P, 1992.

Niles, John Jacob. Ballads, Carols, and Tragic Legends from the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  New York: G. Shirmer, 1937.

Ritchie, Jean. Singing Family of the Cumberlands. New York: Oxford UP, 1955.

Rosenberg, Neil V. Bluegrass, A History. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1985.

Sharp, Cecil James. Early English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1917.

Images and Stereotypes

Hsiung, David. Two Worlds in the Tennessee Mountains: Exploring the Origins of Appalachian Stereotypes. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1997.

McNeil, W. K., ed. Appalachian Images in Folk and Popular Culture. 2nd ed. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1995.

Murray, Kenneth M. Down to Earth: People of Appalachia. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium P, 1974.

Murray, Kenneth M. Portrait of Appalachia. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium P, 1985.

Speer, Jean Haskell. The Appalachian Photographs of Earl Palmer. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1990.

Williamson, J. W. Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films. Plot Synopsis of Movies About Moonshining, Feuding and Other Mountain Topics, 1904-1929. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994.

Medicine and Health Care

Cavender, Anthony, ed. A Folk Medical Lexicon of South Central Appalachia. Johnson City, TN: History of Medicine Society of Appalachia, James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, 1990.

Couto, Richard A. Poverty, Politics and Health Care: An Appalachian Experience. New York: Praeger, 1975.

Crellin, John K. and Jane Philpott. Herbal Medicine, Past and Present. 2 vols. Durham: Duke UP, 1990.

Keefe, Susan Emley, ed. Appalachian Mental Health. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1988.

Kenny, Maxine, ed. We're Tired of Being Guinea Pigs! Handbook For Citizens in Environmental Health in Appalachia. New Market, TN: Highlander Research and Education Center, 1980.

Migration and Urbanization

Borman, Kathyrn M., and Phillip J. Obermiller, eds. From Mountain to Metropolis: Appalachian Migrants in American Cities. Westport, CT: Bergin and Gervey, 1994.

Obermiller, Phillip J., ed. Down Home, Downtown: Urban Appalachians Today. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1996.

Obermiller, Phillip J., and William W. Philliber, eds. Too Few Tomorrows: Urban Appalachians in the 1980s. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium P, 1987.