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We open today’s show with a 1925 editorial in Lincoln Memorial University’s campus newspaper, the Mountain Herald. “Stories of the feud-ridden, ignorance-shrouded people of the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia have been published far and near,” says JW Morland, “and throughout the land the common belief is that every cove harbors a moonshine still, and every home has its feuds.” He goes on to interview an employee of the university, a North Georgia native, who has quite a different view.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
February is Black History Month. West Virginia educator Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, was pivotal in its development. Dr. Woodson authored numerous scholarly books and magazine articles on the positive contributions of blacks to the development of America. He reached out to schools and the general public through the establishment of several key organizations, and founded Negro History Week (precursor to Black History Month).
“William Davis, the first black man nominated for governor in West Virginia and Booker T. Washington’s first teacher, may be a forgotten piece of West Virginia history,” says guest author Kathryn N. Gregory, a staff writer for The Charleston Gazette. “But more than 100 years later, his great-grandchildren are trying to change that,” she states in this article that ran in the February 19, 2011 issue of the Gazette.
We’ll wrap things up with a look at a renowned Tennessee actress from the late nineteenth century, Kitty Smiley Cheatham, in a piece written by guest author J. Mark Lowe. Lowe is a full-time genealogist, author, and educator who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He is a Past-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. This piece is Lowe’s first article in a new blog, “Kentucky & Tennessee Stories.”
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Library of Appalachia, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian dulcimer music from Charles ‘Ed’ Harris in a 1977 recording of ‘Redwing.’
So, call your old blue-tick hound up on the porch, fire up your corn-cob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.