Monthly Archives: June 2011

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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The June beetle – capturing a living music box

“From some long-forgotten source, I heard that June beetles made a sweet sound while flying around. I loved music, and the method to acquire this living music box was to fasten a long thread to one of the bug’s hind legs. “Now, June beetles are about half an inch across and three quarters of an […]

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Author Dot Jackson to speak on June 14 about growing up in SC’s upcountry

Tomorrow, June 14, between 1-4 pm, the Kershaw County [SC] Library presents ‘A Visit with Dot Jackson.’ Dot Jackson is best known as a journalist who has written for several newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer and the New York Times, as well as editing smaller newspapers. Early in her career, Dot wrote a novel based […]

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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 a look at tensions between the […]

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