Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia
Former UVa Wise faculty member Helen Matthews Lewis is often referred to as the leader of inspiration in Appalachian studies. She linked scholarship with activism and encouraged deeper analysis of the region. Lewis shaped the field of Appalachian studies by emphasizing community participation and challenging traditional perceptions of the region and its people. Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia, a collection of Lewis's writings and memories that document her life and work.
Her activism spans many different fields, including fighting for social and environmental causes related to the coal industry, creating exchange programs, and improving education in the South.
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