Here are some photos from the Johnstown Flood Museum, borrowed from the Library of Congress, to give you an idea of the devastation.
I could not find an interview from 1968, the year the book was published, with McCullough talking about the book. Nor have I found anything of him recently talking about the book. Instead, here’s a video from The Kalb Report interviewing McCullough.
This month I’m encouraging you to listen to the audiobook version of the book. If you choose to read over listen to the book, that is fine. The discussion will be August 28. If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy at the circulation desk.
Here are some reactions from a few people who identify as ‘hillbillies’ and more established media members responding to Vance’s book.
R. Mike Burr: The Self-Serving Hustle of “Hillbilly Elegy”
G.W. Para: Hillbilly Fallacy
Mona Charen: What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals About Trump and America
One of the things brought up by Vance is about the ‘Hillbilly Migration’ from Kentucky to other states through Rt. 23. Here are some articles about that migration, one of which is about that migration to Chicago’s neighborhood of Uptown.
Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies
AppalachianHistory.net: Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends