Colonialism in Modern America

The Appalachian Case

By Helen Matthews Lewis, Linda Johnson, Donald Askins

Colonialism in Modern America

400 pp., 6.5 x 9.5, 25 halftones, 1 figs., 3 tables, notes, suggestions for further reading and research

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4204-8
    Published: January 1978

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Distributed for Appalachian State University

Colonialism in Modern America is a series of essays exploring the economic and social problems of the region within the context of colonialism. It is a relatively simple task to document the social ills and the environmental ravage that beset the people and land of Appalachia. However, it is far more difficult and problematic to uncover the causes of these tragic conditions.

About the Authors

Often referred to as the leader of inspiration in Appalachian studies, Helen Matthews Lewis linked scholarship with activism and encouraged deeper analysis of the region. Lewis shaped the field of Appalachian studies by emphasizing community participation and challenging traditional perceptions of the region and its people. She has served as the director of the Berea College Appalachian Center, Appalshop’s Appalachian History Film Project, and the Highlander Research and Education Center. She is co-author of Mountain Sisters: From Convent to Community in Appalachia. She has retired to Abingdon, Virginia.
For more information about Helen Matthews Lewis, visit the Author Page.

Linda Johnson was the co-coordinator of the Grace House Learning/Training Center in St. Paul, Virginia. She passed away in 2002.
For more information about Linda Johnson, visit the Author Page.

Donald Askins, an Alabama native, taught at Clinch Valley College in Wise, Virginia, before becoming the first Executive Director for the Appalachian Coalition, whose main focus was the elimination of strip mining. He is responsible for taking the aerial photographs of the mining operations in this collection in 1977 through 1979 as documentation of the effects of strip mining. Later, he pursued a criminal law degree and was elected Commonwealth attorney in 1991 until 2000. He retired to Clintwood, Virginia in 2000. He passed away at his home in Clintwood on March 30, 2015.
For more information about Donald Askins, visit the Author Page.