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A Hard Journey The Life of Don West by James J. Lorence

A Hard Journey The Life of Don West


A Hard Journey The Life of Don West by James J. Lorence

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Lorence demonstrates the connection between Don West's activism and his art - and the grounding of both in his lifelong commitment to celebrate and liberate the people of Appalachia. The result is an engaging narrative . . . that provides a window into multiple dimensions of social reform in the twentieth-century South. --Journal of Southern History A Hard Journey, well written and exhaustively researched, does more than provide readers with a lens into the life of a dynamic writer and activist. Crucially, it illustrates the convergence of American political radicalism, literature, and working-class life, with West's poetry serving as a vehicle for social change. --North Carolina Historical Review In this extremely thorough biography, Lorence paints an unusual picture of Appalachian Don West. Expanding the view of West beyond that of poet, Lorence discusses and offers research that demonstrates West's work as educator, activist, and minister. . . . Recommended. --Choice Compelling to read and essential to students of social and cultural movements in modern American history. --West Virginia History

About the Author

James J. Lorence is a professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin, Marathon County. His works include the award-winning The Suppression of Salt of the Earth: How Hollywood, Big Labor, and Politicians Blacklisted a Film in Cold War America.

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Publication date

29th January 2010


James J. Lorence

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University of Illinois Press


344 pages


Biography: literary



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