Recommended Resources

RESOURCES on APPALACHIA

Books:

1) The Appalachian Bishops’ Pastoral Letters:

2) The Appalachians-America’s First and Last Frontier– edited by Mari-lyn Evans, et al.
3) Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes-Back Talk from an American Region, edited by Dwight Billings et al.

Videos:

1)  The Appalachians – America’s First and Last Frontier, 3 hour PBS documentary available in DVD/VHS
2) Gasland – avialable on Netflix
3) The Last Mountain – available on Netflix

Websites:

1) Catholic Committee of Appalachia – ccappal.org

RESOURCES on WEST VIRGINIA

1) Facts & Figures http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/state/westvirginia.html
2) When Miners March, by William C. Blizzard www.whenminersmarch.com
3)  Other places to visit while you’re here: http://www.wvtourism.com/

RESOURCES on THE CATHOLIC WORKER MOVEMENT

Books:

for these and others, go to: http://www.catholicworker.com/bookstore/index.html

1) Dorothy Day Selected Writings, edited by Robert Ellsburg
2) On Pilgrimage, by Dorothy Day
3)  Loves & Fishes, by Dorothy Day
4)  The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day
5)  Easy Essays, by Peter Maurin
6)  Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, edited by Phil Runkel, et al.

Videos:

1)  Entertaining Angels, with Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen

Websites:

1) www.catholicworker.org

OTHER TOPICS & SITES OF INTEREST

Some of the issues confronting the Appalachian region are: absentee ownership of land, an economy based on extraction of resources such as coal and timber -often with environmental consequences, poverty, hunger and homelessness, private prisons, pervasive drug usage.  Other issues are more subtle: a large military budget resulting in cutbacks in social services and education, disproportionate number of Appalachian youth joining the military because of high unemployment, US domestic and foreign policies that affect the local economy, racism, sexism, and other divisions and conflicts.

Private Prisons – http://www.grassrootsleadership.org/
Mountaintop Removal – http://ohvec.org/
Appalachian Resources http://www.uky.edu/Subject/appal.html
The AppalShop –
http://www.appalshop.org/

Google “poverty in Appalachia” and get a slew of articles, papers, economic reports that give explanations for why Appalachia is considered the “third world” of the United States.

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