Encyclopedia of Appalachia

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The Encyclopedia of Appalachia is the first encyclopedia dedicated to the region, people, culture, history, and geography of Appalachia. Appalachia is a region of the United States named for the significant mountain system which stretches through fourteen states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The encyclopedia is 1,864 pages long and contains over 2,000 entries.[1] Produced by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, Rudy Abramson and Dr. Jean Haskell, are the two main editors of the encyclopedia. It was published in March 2006 by the University of Tennessee Press.

An online edition was initiated in 2011. As of August 2011, only the Music section is online. The online edition includes videos in addition to text and images.[2] Access to the online edition is free.


The print version of the encyclopedia has 1864 pages. It is organized into the following five main sections with respective subsections:

The Landscape[edit]

  • Geology
  • Ecology
  • Environment

The People[edit]

  • Family and Community
  • Images and Icons
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

Work and the Economy[edit]

  • Agriculture
  • Business, Industry, and Technology
  • Labor
  • Tourism
  • Transportation

Cultural Traditions[edit]

  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Folklore and Folklife
  • Food and Cooking
  • Humor
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Religion
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Visual Arts


  • Cultural Institutions
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health
  • Media


  1. ^ Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell, eds,Encyclopedia of Appalachia,(Knoxville, Tenn: U of Tennessee Press, 2006), front flap.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Appalachia [1] June 15

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