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Religion and Resistance in Appalachia

Faith and the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies)

Joseph D. Witt


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In the last fifty years, the Appalachian Mountains have suffered permanent and profound change due to the expansion of surface coal mining. The irrevocable devastation caused by this practice has forced local citizens to redefine their identities, their connections to global economic forces, their pasts, and their futures. Religion is a key factor in the fierce debate over mountaintop removal; some argue that it violates a divine mandate to protect the earth, while others contend that coal mi.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813168128, 296pp.

Publication Date: December 9, 2016

About the Author

Joseph D. Witt, assistant professor of religion at Mississippi State University, is a contributor to Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology.