The role of institutions in Appalachian life
is made vivid in poems such as Jeff Daniel Marion's gentle "Song for Wood's Barbeque Shack in McKenzie, Tennessee" and Kathryn Stripling Byer's "Precious Little," a damning indictment of the masculine assumption of dominance in the world of the literary elite.
Jones (1999) writes that "No aspect of Appalachian life
is as misconstrued and misrepresented as that of religion" (P.
Founded by John Rice Irwin in 1969, it's been developed in a remarkably organic and heartfelt manner from one man's collection and love for the people, the place, the music and the traditions of Appalachian life
Unfortunately, unless you are from the Appalachian area, the image of Appalachian life
presented on television, radio or media scripts is an accurate perception, no matter how formulaic the depiction.
In 1972 he saw a publication by American school children, which evolved into the Foxfire books, consisting of oral histories of Appalachian life