In River of Earth we see conflict between Mother and Father. Father searches for work and mother wants to plant her roots with her immediate family. How are their actions in the first chapter influenced by the Appalachian mountain life? Sources:
"Appalachia" Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Feb. 2013. Web. 26 Feb. 2013 This web page cover a wide variety of topics that define the Appalachians. It does not go into great detail about the topics, but it cover many aspects of Appalachian history, culture, and economy. The article does touch and early life in the region, which is when the book is set. All topics should be looked at together to get a fuller understanding on the thought process of Mother Baldridge. Stereotypes and a lack of understanding of the time period and everything else that goes with it can lead to not understanding and misjudging the Mothers reasons. This article is a great place to start doing research because it is a little easier to read and link together the various topics, which helps the researcher ease into their culture. While this isn't a scholarly article, it does link its many references and is at least somewhat maintained to justify using it.
Mooney, Stephen D. "Coal Mining and Protest Music" Encyclopedia of Appalachia, 28 Feb.
2011. Web. 26 Feb. 2013 In this article, Mooney describes advances in the industrial production of coal mining and lifestyle changes that followed with the well documented protest music. "Coal mining protest songs have also chronicled work place disasters that occurred in the region." It describes the difficult time workers had making a living due to the safety concerns and the per-ton payment system. Brack Baldridge would have been right in the middle of this movement. These are the types of struggles the Father had overcome to provide for his family. The online source does not have the full text, but it can still be used by researchers because it contains enough...
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