Max Fraser is a recipient of travel funds from the Collaborative to conduct oral history interviews and archival research for his dissertation titled “The Hillbilly Highway: A Social History of Transappalachia, 1918-1972″. This research will serve as the foundation for a new course, designed prospectively to be offered to undergraduates at Yale and/or Sewanee (and potentially elsewhere) beginning in spring or fall of 2016. Regarding his project’s impact on both the academic realm and the broader community, he said “ its greatest impact will be filling what I see to be the almost complete absence of Appalachian studies in the curriculum for most college students, and instilling a deeper and more sensitive understanding of the significance of the region and its people in shaping our recent history and contemporary moment. Finally, as the building blocks of an open ended oral history collection, the project’s emphasis on preserving the voices and experiences of Appalachian migrants will hopefully be recognized as having a positive impact on the community of Southern Appalachia and ‘Transappalachia’ more broadly by making these oral histories readily accessible to the general public, teachers, other scholars, and interested community organizations.”

Final Report