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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Poverty is as closely associated with the Appalachian region as coal mining and the hammer dulcimer. Appalachian poverty has seldom been portrayed simply as poverty, but as the expression and symbol of something larger. Images of poverty - poorly dressed, sooty, emaciated, barefooted, mostly white, rural children and adults beside cabin porches - are as closely associated with Appalachia as cowboy hats with the West or moss-covered trees and white-columned mansions with the Old South.

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Lohmann, R. (1990). Four Perspectives on Appalachian Culture and Poverty. Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association, 2, 76-91. Retrieved from


Published as “Four Perspectives on Appalachian Culture and Poverty.” Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association, vol. 2. © 1990 by the Appalachian Studies Association.



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