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We Are Appalachia to Celebrate Regional Diversity

Now is the time for change

Historically, Appalachia has been misrepresented, Dr. Tiffany Arnold, a lecturer in Ohio University’s Appalachian studies program, said. Dating back to the 1800s, the region has been used as a source for ridicule and comedy. 

Those negative portrayals were perpetuated and continued up into the 1990s, Arnold said. Infamously, its reputation seemed to peak in the 1960s with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and a LIFE Magazine spread. Johnson even visited OU to talk about the War on Poverty, Arnold said.

But now is the time for change. 

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