Monthly Archives: February 2007

The AAA can just about send you to AA

By the time of the Great Depression, natural resource use and environmental change in the Appalachian region had become a national issue. In terms of conservation, the Depression accomplished what the USDA Forest Service had been unable to do: it reduced timber cutting throughout the Southern Appalachians. The slowdown in mining and other industries reduced […]


Warmly Tactile Worship Behavior

When it comes to Baptists, “my father’s mansion has many rooms” is certainly true in Appalachia. “Old Time Baptists” or “Old Baptists” are informal titles employed by some in the central Appalachians to indicate not only the Regulars and the Separates, but also a host of equally small denominations with titles such as Old Missionary […]


We all have pictures, we immigrants

I had lived all my life an American away from America. Then I returned, a sort of immigrant among immigrants, except that I came to my native land. But it was as new to me as though I came from Sweden or from Italy or Greece. I knew almost as little what to expect before […]


I love little Willie, I do.

I love little Willie, I do. Mama, I love little Willie, tra, la, la, la, la. I love little Willie, but don’t tell Pa, For he mightn’t like it, Mama, Mama. He told me he loved me, he did, Mama, He told me he loved me, tra, la, la, la, la. He told me he […]


America’s very own Montagues and Capulets

The Hatfields and McCoys. America’s very own Montagues and Capulets. Symbols etched in America’s mind for Appalachian lawlessness, vigilantism, and ruthless violence. Note that the most famous feuds all clustered in the closing years of the 19th century: Hatfield-McCoy (1880–1887), Martin-Tolliver (1874–1887), French-Eversole (1885–1894), and Hargis-Callahan-Cockrell (1899–1903). By the Depression era they were the stuff […]

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