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Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy Paperback – July 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0801475818 ISBN-10: 0801475813 Edition: 1st
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"The Kanawha County, West Virginia, textbook controversy remains a fascinating moment in the evolution of family values politics. Carol Mason trenchantly excavates the history and analyzes the individuals, groups, interests, ideologies, and relationships at the heart of the protest. In doing so she tells the story of the birth of the New Right in all its complexity. Mason expertly draws on interdisciplinary literatures in ethnic, women's, and American studies for this significant contribution to research on cultural politics and the culture wars."—Cynthia Burack, author of Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right



"In this captivating book, the Kanawha County textbook war of 1974 becomes a pivotal saga in the rise of the New Right because of the longstanding national need to strip-mine the Appalachian region for its myths and moral lessons. Cutting through the liberal and conservative discourses that have simultaneously romanticized and demonized the poor whites of Appalachia, Carol Mason convincingly portrays the textbook protests as a 'discursive crossroads' that cast West Virginia's working class as both backward and modern, as violent racists and innocent victims, and ultimately as Christian warriors battling to save the American soul."—Matthew D. Lassiter, University of Michigan, author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South



"Reading Appalachia from Left to Right is an extremely interesting, informative, and important book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learned much from doing so. Carol Mason advances new interpretations of that famous conflict that not only clarify the immediate community context but also shed light on how events in Kanawha helped to set the stage for subsequent New Right and Christian-based cultural politics."—Dwight Billings, University of Kentucky, coauthor, with Kathleen Blee, of The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia

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"The Kanawha County, West Virginia, textbook controversy remains a fascinating moment in the evolution of family values politics. Carol Mason trenchantly excavates the history and analyzes the individuals, groups, interests, ideologies, and relationships at the heart of the protest. In doing so she tells the story of the birth of the New Right in all its complexity. Mason expertly draws on interdisciplinary literatures in ethnic, women's, and American studies for this significant contribution to research on cultural politics and the culture wars."-Cynthia Burack, author of Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Rhetoric and the Christian Right

"In this captivating book, the Kanawha County textbook war of 1974 becomes a pivotal saga in the rise of the New Right because of the longstanding national need to strip-mine the Appalachian region for its myths and moral lessons. Cutting through the liberal and conservative discourses that have simultaneously romanticized and demonized the poor whites of Appalachia, Carol Mason convincingly portrays the textbook protests as a 'discursive crossroads' that cast West Virginia's working class as both backward and modern, as violent racists and innocent victims, and ultimately as Christian warriors battling to save the American soul."--Matthew D. Lassiter, University of Michigan, author of author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South

"Reading Appalachia from Left to Right is an extremely interesting, informative, and important book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learned much from doing so. Carol Mason advances new interpretations of that famous conflict that not only clarify the immediate community context but also shed light on how events in Kanawha helped to set the stage for subsequent New Right and Christian-based cultural politics. -- Dwight Billings, University of Kentucky, coauthor, with Kathleen Blee, of The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801475813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801475818
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2011
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I used this book in writing my novel, "Milton's Child," (currently available here at Amazon) which takes place in the midst of the 1974 textbook controversy. I was present when this happened - a 10 year old child whose father was one of the fundamentalist ministers at the center of events. This book was very helpful to me, and helped me get the historical facts straight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By academicgirl on March 31, 2011
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This is worth reading. While the book was obviously meant for academic audiences, it isn't too dense, and it makes a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in the topic. It is both well thought out and well-written.
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This book came in good condition and was listed at a good price.
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