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

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Maps and Numbers

For those of you curious about statistics in the Appalachian region in terms of poverty, unemployment, population and education, here are some maps and statistics to help understand where the Appalachian region has been at since 1980.

Appalachian Regional Commission: Maps

Community Commons: Mapping Poverty in the Appalachian Region

 

 

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

Jackson, Kentucky

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Here’s a Google Map of Jackson, Kentucky, setting of most of the book. I definitely recommend using Google’s street view to ‘walk’ through town, same as we did for Moreland, Indiana. You can find instructions on how to use Google Maps on that link.

Dwight Yoakam – Readin’ Rightin’ Route 23

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.

Take A Stroll Through Mooreland

Using Google Maps, we can take a virtual tour of Mooreland! Follow this link.

If you do not know how to use Google’s street view, here are some directions.

  1. Look in the bottom right corner for the yellow person icon, it looks like this: g
  2. Click and hold on the person icon. Drag the yellow guy to any of the streets that have now turned blue g2
  3. Let go and the camera will zoom in so it feels like you’re walking around town!
  4. Use the mouse to walk around town. Click and hold to move the camera in any direction. You can also click on the arrow on the street to ‘walk’ anywhere around town! g3
  5. To leave street mode click on the zoom out box (-) in the bottom right corner

And that’s it. Have fun! On the bottom are photographs submitted either by Google or other people you can click on and explore as well.

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