Monthly Archives: June 2010

Longest-serving member of Congress in US history dies at 92

The Charleston Gazette by Greg Moore CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robert Carlyle Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in United States history, who spent much of his career as a conservative Democrat, and ended it by fiercely opposing the war in Iraq and questioning the state’s powerful coal industry, died Monday. He was 92. Byrd was […]


The Blue Fugates of Kentucky

Originally posted at Hillbilly Savants by Eric D. Smith Lorenzo & Eleanor Fugate (Image from Hazard, Kentucky & Perry County: A Photographic History) Around the world there are legends of human beings who have skin of a unusual shades, folk whose skin color wasn’t some variation on brown or pink. These people, as they are […]


Listen Here: Appalachian History weekly posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. You can start listening right away by clicking the podcast icon over on the right side of your screen. If you’d rather grab the show off itunes for later listening, click here: We open today’s show with a saga of science and political […]


Did the early polio vaccine cause cancer??

In October 1960, Dr. Bernice Eddy gave a talk to the Cancer Society in New York without warning her employer, the National Institutes of Health, in advance. She startled the attendees by announcing that she had examined cells from monkey’s kidneys in which the polio virus to be used in polio vaccines was grown, and […]


Cornbread and Beans for Breakfast

Author James Milton Hanna (b. 1932) has written 9 books chronicling local historical color from the mid-20th century.  Many, such as his first, “Cornbread and Beans for Breakfast,” published in 1995, portray the Depression era scene from his childhood in Cherokee, AL. This is the title story from that collection. When Milton was in the […]

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