Announcing A Return – Whither Appalachia?

It has been over a year since Whither Appalachia? set out to answer questions concerning our beloved region. At that time, thousands of teachers launched a wildcat rank-and-file strike which paralyzed union bureaucracy and polarized political leadership throughout West Virginia. The continuum of conflicting narratives and their respective responses, spurred by the 2016 election, still […]

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Solidarity with the LA teachers’ strike

Whither Appalachia declares our support for Los Angeles’s striking teachers. As we noted in our analysis of last year’s West Virginia teachers’ strike, while not inherently revolutionary and certainly not the often dreamed-for return of the classical Workers’ Movement, the recent wave of class struggle among educational workers is a tantalizing glimpse of the possibility […]

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Class Prayer

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10 quoted by John Smith and Vladimir Lenin       Every prayer is a class prayer. Whether it is the “sigh of the oppressed creature” or a Sunday bourgeois chore, spirituality is […]

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At a Junction

Since its first description centuries ago by European travelers, the site of the current-day village of Mingo Junction would not be a recognized settlement. In fact, a village would not be established there until after the American Civil War, and the “Junction” added to its name only some years after that. Curiously, the adoption of […]

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