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Literacy in the Mountains – Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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Literacy in the Mountains: Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia

Samantha NeCamp


Literacy in the Mountains examines five Appalachian newspapers published between 1885 and 1920 for evidence of literacy practices in mountain communities. The newspapers illustrate that there existed a vibrant community of readers and writers in an area often imagined as illiterate and textless. Documenting a variety of literacy exchanges and a passionate commitment to local education institutions, the newspapers serve as a historical archive to recover otherwise invisible practices from the turn of the century. These findings demonstrate that the “idea of Appalachia” as a poor and illiterate ... More

Keywords: Appalachia, Literacy, Education, History of journalism, Eastern Kentucky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178851
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samantha NeCamp, author
University of Cincinnati

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