One of my favorite blogs is Hillbilly Savants. Here is the description:
This blog is about our Appalachia - the real one, not the Hollywood-stereotype nor the third-world nation-esque stereotype being sold by do-gooders, or even the neo-Romantic sylvan stereotype that Rousseau would probably buy into. It should be interesting.
You will find thoughtful, engaging, honest posts about Appalachia, its history, its culture, and the issues the people of Appalachia face today. Here is a fine post about Myles Falls Horton and the Highlander Folk School, a school according to Horton that "held the record for sustained civil disobedience, breaking the Tennessee Jim Crow laws every day for over forty years, until the segregation laws were finally repealed."
Here and here are posts about mountain top mining and its devastating effects.
Hillbilly Savants also has great posts about history, music, and culture. Check the latest post on how the song "House of the Rising Sun" made its way from Kentucky to Bangkok!