Presentation Title

Digital Appalachian History Narrative

University

Shawnee State University

Major

History

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Presentation Types

Oral Presentation

Keywords:

Digital History, Appalachia, Narrative

Abstract

Southern Ohio is probably the last place a person would think that a miracle could happen. My life brought me from Minnesota to Appalachia with the most unexpected gift; hope. I was a prime candidate for becoming a statistic and my children destined to repeat the cycle. I share about my experience of being in the foster care system, adoption, and chemical dependency that held me firmly in its grasp for years before experiencing freedom in a most unexpected place. In an Appalachian Studies course I took in the fall of 2018, we explored the stereotypical narrative perpetuated through the narrowly focused lens of many including that of JD Vance. I got the opportunity to share how my story differs. Utilizing digitized photographic family history, and my memoir I lay out my response to a counter-narrative of Appalachia and the role it played in my ability to ultimately thrive.

Faculty Mentor Name

Andrew Feight

Faculty Mentor Title

Professor of American History

Faculty Mentor Academic Department

Social Sciences

Location

KRI 157

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Digital Appalachian History Narrative

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Southern Ohio is probably the last place a person would think that a miracle could happen. My life brought me from Minnesota to Appalachia with the most unexpected gift; hope. I was a prime candidate for becoming a statistic and my children destined to repeat the cycle. I share about my experience of being in the foster care system, adoption, and chemical dependency that held me firmly in its grasp for years before experiencing freedom in a most unexpected place. In an Appalachian Studies course I took in the fall of 2018, we explored the stereotypical narrative perpetuated through the narrowly focused lens of many including that of JD Vance. I got the opportunity to share how my story differs. Utilizing digitized photographic family history, and my memoir I lay out my response to a counter-narrative of Appalachia and the role it played in my ability to ultimately thrive.