Portraying Appalachia: How the Movies Can Get it Wrong

Meredith McCarroll

Professor Meredith McCarroll grew up near Asheville, in the mountains of North Carolina. It was only when she moved away that she “became aware of how powerful people’s negative impressions were of Appalachian people, and most of these ‘hillbilly’ stereotypes were gleaned from the movies.”

McCarroll is now working on a book about how Appalachia has been unfairly stereotyped by the film industry. Read more in Bowdoin News.

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