The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, has been selected as a grant recipient from the Howard D. and Marjorie I. Brooks Fund for Progressive Thought. This internal fund was established in 2018 by William Brooks, professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and professor of music at the University of York, in honor of his parents’ lifelong commitment to progressive causes. To Live Here, You Have to Fight, the inspiring yet sobering story of white Appalachian women acting as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s, exemplifies the spirit of this Fund.



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