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Appalachian Studies: Affrilachian resources and information

"Each life is dirt and time and rhyme and stone." --Jesse Stuart, Man with A Bull-Tongue Plow (1934), Sonnet #678

Helpful search terms

Library catalogs and databases are often difficult to navigate. It may be difficult to find information using the term "Affrilachian", so when doing your research, consider using the following terms to make your search easier


African Americans--Appalachian Region--Fiction.

African Americans--Appalachian Region--Folklore.

African Americans--Appalachian Region--History.

African Americans--Appalachian Region--Music.

African Americans--Appalachian Region--Music--History and criticism.

African Americans--Appalachian Region, Southern--History--19th century.

African Americans--Appalachian Region, Southern--History--Periodicals.

African Americans--Appalachian Region, Southern--Social conditions.

African Americans--Appalachian Region, Southern--Social conditions--19th century.

African Americans--Archival resources.

African Americans--Archives.


Also, refer to your library catalog's SUBJECT HEADING search option to find more about your general research topic. 

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"Crystal Good is a writer poet living in West Virginia with her three sons. Her first chapbook of poetry, Valley Girl, explores themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality and mountaintop removal.

Her work has been called 'dazzling, bold, innovative, disarming.' Jeff Biggers of The Huffington Post says Good’s poetry 'wonderfully carries on the legacy of (her) fellow Affrilachian Poets, including the spellbinding work of recent National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney and Frank X. Walker.'" 

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