Web Site of the Week: Looking at Appalachia
As Roger May, the founder and curator of Looking at Appalachia, notes, Appalachia has often been associated exclusively – and unfairly – with poverty. This project, founded 50 years after Lyndon Johnson’s “war on poverty” unwittingly helped create such stereotypes, seeks to set the record straight by snapping pictures of the people and places of the region in all their complexity. Readers may like to start by reading the excellent Overview of this crowd-sourced internet project. In addition, the tab Defining Appalachia provides a complete map of the stretch of country from Mississippi to New York that defines the region. From there, readers may explore the beautiful, often haunting, portraits that make up the site by clicking from state to state. [CNH]
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