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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Don West

Don West


(p.184) Don West
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

Born into a family of north Georgia sharecroppers, Don West became a poet, educator, activist, and organizer who celebrated, questioned, and defended the people and the land from which he came. While an undergraduate at Lincoln Memorial University, West befriended two fellow students, James Still and Jesse Stuart; all three became important writers. Stuart and West eventually parted ways because of ideological differences. Whereas Stuart romanticized the mountaineer by celebrating the agrarian ideal and avoided political engagement, West believed poetry should be politically committed and address the common person’s struggles....

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