February 8, 2018

I first compiled this list in July of 2017 in order to address the frequent number of requests I receive for a list of books that might help readers better understand Appalachia. This is meant to be a short list of essential reading for those who want to understand the...

February 6, 2018

In an increasingly anti-intellectual political climate, it is more important than ever for us to read books. 

While there are millions of pages of words available online, it is becoming more difficult every day to cut through the clutter, the clickbait, and the falsehoo...

August 20, 2017

Many of the regular readers of my blog know that, by training, I'm an historian. I teach at Brevard College, a small liberal arts college in the mountains of western North Carolina. When I was first hired at Brevard, it was to teach out a Civil War course for a faculty...

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