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Hillbilly Elegy: Another generalization of Appalachia

All last fall I resisted reading J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. The bad reviews I saw from other Appalachians convinced me it would make me mad. In October, I went to a mayoral forum and the women behind me were talking … Continue reading

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Can I make peace with “hillbilly”?

A while back, a Facebook friend referred to someone he disliked as a hillbilly. The person was from the mountains and was being a bigot. Hillbilly was the only word for her he used, as if it summed up the … Continue reading

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