This paper investigates the relationship between Appalachian Music of past decades and the current music produced in response to the Mountaintop Removal controversy. The argument made is that many of the same sounds and themes are preserved and utilized in modern music as a rhetorical device. However, despite the similar sounds, this thesis suggests that the purpose and message of the music has fundamentally changed. The mountains are represented not as a source of income, but as a symbol of Appalachian heritage. The symbolic worth of the mountains is conveyed poignantly through the tracks and helps informs listeners about the impact of MTR outside of purely economic or environmental reasons.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-6-2014


Paula Kopacz

Mentor Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

English and Theatre