You, our dear listeners, have followed along as we've interviewed authors from a wide range of backgrounds who've written different stories set all around the globe. But recently we realized we'd never talked about a book featuring our own home region—Appalachia. In this interview, we chat with Elizabeth Catte, the author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, about the history of the Appalachia, the region's role in contemporary U.S. politics, and the influence of J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.
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What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Elizabeth Catte is a public historian and writer based in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. She is the author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia and a co-editor of the recent collection 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers' Strike. She is the co-owner of Passel Historical Consultants and is also an editor at large for West Virginia University Press.
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