The Mythical Whiteness of Trump Country
"Hillbilly Elegy" has been used to explain the 2016 election, but its logic is rooted in a dangerous myth about race in Appalachia.
November 7, 2017
The Alamo: The First and Last Confederate Monument?
The Alamo supposedly honors the courage of Anglos pitted against Mexican brutality. In fact, it is about slavery and emancipation.
September 18, 2017
A New Struggle Coming
On the teachers' strike in West Virginia.
March 5, 2018
Carter G. Woodson’s West Virginia Wasn’t ‘Trump Country,’ It Was a Land of Opportunity
In his travelogues, Woodson rhapsodized over what he saw as a love of democracy among hard-scrabble mountain settlers of both races.
Cynthia R. Greenlee
100 Days in Appalachia
February 28, 2018
Will Trump Change the Way Presidents Approach National Monuments?
Never before have administrations scaled down sites to the extent proposed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
September 24, 2017
Coal No Longer Fuels America. But the Legacy — and the Myth — Remain.
Coal country still clings to the industry that was long its chief source of revenue and a way of life.
July 9, 2017
When White Supremacists Ruled Washington
The National Cathedral only recently removed stained-glass windows depicting Confederate generals.
New York Times
September 27, 2017
Roads to Nowhere: How Infrastructure Built on American Inequality
From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating areas by race, city development has a divisive history.
February 21, 2018
The Latin American Aesthetic of L.A. Music Culture
Understanding the immense reach and cultural implications of Latin American music.
February 7, 2018
How White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest's Mysterious Mounds
Pioneers and early archeologists preferred to credit distant civilizations, not Native Americans, with building these cities.
Sarah E. Baires
Zócalo Public Square
February 22, 2018
Reclaiming Stone Mountain From the Alt-Right
How Stone Mountain could become a battlefield where neo-Confederates from across the country make their last stand.
February 14, 2018
Frederick Douglass, Real Estate Developer
Frederick Douglas had another, lesser known, impact on Baltimore.
Joshua Clark Davis
June 19, 2017