People's History: Research & Writing
research article for Signal: A Journal of International
Political Graphics and Culture issue #6 : March 2018, published by PM Press
Now a forthcoming book on West Virginia University Press, February 2021!
Throughout 2017, I pursued original research on Appalachian Movement Press (AMP), a leftist activist printshop based in Huntington, West Virginia from 1969 through 1979. AMP served as a go-to, low cost printing outfit for a broad, loose coalition of environmental and working-class political organizations in Appalachia throughout an incredible decade of activism in this region. AMP operators also independently published around forty original pamphlets on Appalachian history and culture, including the poetry and historical writing of luminary activist/organizer Don West.
This work marks the first effort to document the history of the printshop, developed form entirely original research , and the initial result was published in the excellent, full-color publication Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. In the spring of 2019 I signed with West Virginia University Press to expand this research into a book, and throughout the following year I interviewed more than a dozen people involved either directly or peripherally with AMP. This forthcoming book will also contain facsimiles of five key AMP publications which have not been seen in print for decades.
Copies of Signal:06 can be purchased through Justseeds here.
You can read this excerpt from the original article.
I wrote the summary history “Troublemakers With a Printing Press” for Queer Appalachia’s publication Electric Dirt #2, forthcoming in Spring 2020 – you can read that short essay here.