Hillbilly Women: Struggle and Survival in Southern Appalachia
Authors: Moody, Skye
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Synopsis: “This book tells what it means to be a woman when you are poor, when you are proud, and when you are a hillbilly.”
First published in 1973, Skye Moody’s Hillbilly Women shares the stunning and raw oral histories of nineteen women in twentieth-century Southern Appalachia, from their day-to-day struggles for survival to the personal triumphs of their hardscrabble existence. They are wives, widows, and daughters of coal miners; factory hands, tobacco graders, cotton mill workers, and farmers; and women who value honest labor, self-esteem, and dignity. Shining a much-needed light into a misunderstood culture and identity, the stories within reflect the universally human struggle to live meaningful and dignified lives.
Updated with a new introduction and material from the author.
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