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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
We Don't Have a Governor. We Have a Pope (Actually, Two of Them!)
Art Pope's cousin Claude Pope, who also happens to be chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, is trying to organize a mass demonstration at the General Assembly today, "Thankful Tuesday," for Republicans/Tea Partiers to show their starry-eyed appreciation to the General Assembly for destroying North Carolina's reputation for progressive-ism and sympathy for the poor and weak.
Because, as all these Republicans like to say about Moral Mondays, demonstrations at the General Assembly mean nothing.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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