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Thursday, July 2 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Race and class in Southern Appalachia

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For generations, southern Appalachia has remained among the poorest places in the United States. Now mostly white, Appalachians are still ridiculed as "hillbillies" and worse. Yet, a rich tradition of interracial class struggle and socialism is an inextricable part of Appalachian history. This talk will examine the development of capitalism and racist ideology in the Appalachian region along with the response from Black Appalachians and the mountain "hillbillies" often considered less than "white."

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation by John Inscoe
Miners Millhands Mountaineers: Industrialization Appalachian South by Ronald Eller
Highlander: No Ordinary School by John M. Glen
The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860 by Wilma A. Dunaway
Weavers of Revolution: The Yarur Workers and Chile's Road to Socialism by Peter Winn

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Eric Kerl

Eric Kerl is a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board and a member of the ISO in Chicago.

Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grant Park A

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