Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Remedy for Curses: An Interview with Bloodroot Author, Amy Greene

Hannah Eason interviewed author Amy Greene about her debut novel ‘Bloodroot’ last week for the Her Circle Ezine. Reposted here with permission. The latter-day American lore surrounding mountain life is second, perhaps, only to that surrounding Voodoo’s customs and ceremonies. Two stand-out characteristics of the idyllic picture we conjure when thinking of homesteads founded upon […]

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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 the story of milk sickness, a […]

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Teacher, author, activist Helen Lewis interviewed

“The Radical Roots Project brings together the stories of some of the region’s most thoughtful and cherished voices of cultural and political resistance through audio, photography, and word,” says site founder Taylor Kirkland. The following piece is a short excerpt from Kirkland’s interview with Helen Lewis about the latter’s early days teaching Appalachian Studies in […]

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The curse of Milk Sickness, part 2 of 2

(continued from yesterday…) Not everyone sided with Drake, however. On February 18, 1841, the KY legislature offered a reward of two thousand dollars to anyone “who shall, within five years after the passage of this act” succeed in discovering “the true cause of the disease, now known to be caused by the poisonous effects of […]

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The curse of Milk Sickness, part 1 of 2

Variously described as the trembles, the slows, or the illness “under which man turns sick and his domestic animals tremble,” milk sickness was a frequent 19th century cause of illness and death throughout much of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio (also Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan). It sometimes killed as many as half the people […]

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