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2/7 Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia

FriendsUnion Ave Books, and the Knox County Public Library will host a discussion of Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia with authors Jessica Wilkerson and Ginny Savage Ayers on Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. The event is free and open to the public.

In To Live Here, You Have to Fight, Wilkerson tells the stories of the women in Appalachia who acted as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s — women who shaped and sustained programs, engaged in ideological debates, offered fresh visions of democratic participation, and faced personal political struggles. More info @ 

Ayers drew on the notes and files of her late father, long-time reporter, UPI bureau chief, and author Lon Savage, as well has her own research to complete his unfinished book, Never Justice, Never Peace, the story of Mother Jones and the miner rebellion at Paint and Cabin Creeks in 1912–13. More Info @ 

Copies of the authors’ books may be purchased at the event, and Wilkerson and Ayers will be available to sign copies of their books.

Link to Friends' Event Page



Event Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice (Working Class in American History) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780252083907
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Published: University of Illinois Press - December 30th, 2018

Never Justice, Never Peace: Mother Jones and the Miner Rebellion at Paint and Cabin Creeks (WEST VIRGINIA & APPALACHIA) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946684370
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Published: West Virginia University Press - August 29th, 2018