'Furriners' in Appalachia

by Marjorie U. Conder



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/19/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781532084089
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781532095368

About the Book

Thrust from a university campus into the coal mining country of Eastern Kentucky in the 1950s, the young author faced many challenges. She and her mining engineer husband found themselves foreigners when they arrived; the mountain people, who had been isolated from the rest of the country for several hundred years, were suspicious of strangers. It wasn’t until World War II, only ten years earlier, that the U.S. needed Kentucky coal for the war effort and built roads into the area, bringing electricity and other modern ideas. During their four year stay, the couple experienced shootings, a coal mining tragedy, floods and unfamiliar language, but they also discovered the joys of new friends, caring people, delicious Southern cooking and gorgeous scenery. The author and her husband learned to appreciate the unique qualities of Appalachia and its residents as they grew in understanding of the mountain ways.

About the Author

Arizona native Marjorie Conder, a 1951 graduate of the University of Denver, is a retired teacher of English and Journalism who has published non-fiction articles in magazines and newspapers. She and her husband lived in mining towns across the country, where they raised three children.