Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview

August’s Book: Between the World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats

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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.

Reactions to Hillbilly Elegy

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”

Aaron M. Renn: Culture, Circumstance, and Agency: Reflections on Hillbilly Elegy

G.W. Para: Hillbilly Fallacy

Elizabeth Catte: For the good of the poor and common people: What Hillbilly Elegy gets wrong about Appalachia’s working class

Mona Charen: What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals About Trump and America

Hillbilly Migration

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 Mag: Chicago’s Hillbilly Problem During the Great Migration

NewCity: Hillbilly Heaven: Chicago’s Other Migration fro the South

Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies

AppalachianHistory.net: Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends

Forbes: Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It’s Time To Get Back On The ‘Hillbilly Highway’

L.A. Times: Urban Appalachians Find Pride in Hillbilly Heritage

How A Casino Works

You’ve seen casinos in the movies: mob-run joints with tough pit bosses, friendly dealers and attractive waitresses serving drinks. But how does an actual casino operate? Who runs the floor? How do they catch cheaters? How do they make money? How far back do casinos go in history? Check out this article to find out:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/casino.htm 

Also in that link is a link to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” that goes into how online gambling works

James Murray

I’m going to post photos so we get an idea about James Murray and the development of the dictionary.

OED: An original copy of the 1879 appeal

OED: A Chronology of the dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries Blog: A letter from Dr Murray

OED: A History of the Contributors 

 

Simon Winchester Interview

Here is an interview with the author, Simon Winchester.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?112280-1/professor-madman

Just a note: you will have to skip to about 23 seconds into the video because it’s C-SPAN and they leave in dead air in their archived videos. Also, if you’re not up to watching the full 58 minutes they have it transcribed under the video to read.

 

Barbara Demick Lecture

Here is a lecture Barbara Demick gave at BYU’s Kennedy Center. Just a note: there’s some buzzing in the PA system at the lecture site. It is not your computer.

Mooreland Free Fair

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To get a taste of the Mooreland Free Fair, check out this link for information on the history of the fair which includes pictures of past newspaper advertisements.

Then check out what the fair looks like now through this link, as well as look at the Twitter feed and Facebook account.

Mooreland, Indiana: Then and Now

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Here is some census data for Mooreland, Indiana to give you an idea on Mooreland at the time Haven is growing up to the most recent census numbers available.

Here is the historical population of Mooreland and here is the current census makeup.

The history of Mooreland courtesy of the Henry County Historical Society.

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