After I read IPIL I put in an interlibrary loan request for Textile Art and Uplifting the South. I’m a quiltmaker, not a weaver, so I didn’t understand all the terminology but I certainly admired the coverlets in the exhibit. I also love human interest stories (I listen to StoryCorps on NPR every week) so the biographies of the weavers and their descendants’ comments were grand. Then I read Mary Mildred’s biography. I had never heard of her and I was glad to belatedly make her acquaintance. Her determination to make people’s lives better–evidently carried out with charm and grace–is exemplary. I noted too your comments about the stereotyping of Appalachia, fueled by sensational journalists.
All your research has found an appreciative audience in me! What are you going to work on next?