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Common Reading

Since 1997, incoming first-year students at Appalachian State University have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to the university. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students that will help develop a sense of community with their new environment and introduce them to a part of the academic life they are beginning at Appalachian. This program is an exciting facet in Appalachian's orientation of new students to life on campus.

Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community

cover image for the book, Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community, edited by Susan E. Keefe with assistance from the Junaluska Heritage Association

The Common Reading Program at Appalachian State is excited to announce the 2022-23 book selection: Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community. The book was published in 2020 as part of the ongoing Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies series.

According to McFarland, the book’s publisher, Junaluska is “one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today.” The book is not only a history of the “village within a village” but also a vibrant example of participatory research. It is a record of and testament to family and faith; heritage and community; and persistence and resilience.


The University Libraries offers the following e-copies and physical copies:

Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community - available via the ProQuest Ebook Central platform. Users have unlimited access to the book and there are no copy, print, or download restrictions. Please read the following access instructions carefully:

  • If you're accessing this from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your App State username and password when clicking the link above.
  • Click "Read Online" to read the book in your web browser.
  • If you want to download a PDF of the book for offline reading, click  "Download Book" to either create an account or sign in. **This is to create a separate Ebook Central account - your App State credentials will not work here.**
  • You also have the option to download individual chapters without signing in/creating an account.
  • For additional help using Ebook Central, check out their "Help" resources or the University Libraries' ebook guide.
  • NOTE: An incorrect link to this version of the ebook was mistakenly sent to all incoming first-year students on July 15, 2022 by App State's New Student Orientation Team. The Orientation team is aware of this and is working with the University Libraries to clear up the resulting access issues.

Junaluska Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community - available via the Biblioboard platform. Users also have unlimited access to this version, as well.

  • This version can only be read in your web browser. There are no download options available.
  • For help using Biblioboard, check out their "Support" resources.

Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community - physical copies available in Special Collections Research Center (4th floor of Belk Library) and on the University Libraries Course Reserves shelf (1st floor of Belk Library, ask at the main service desk)

Or for questions or access issues, please get in touch with a librarian!


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Laura Langberg