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We open today’s show with a frontline seat at the 1920 Tennessee state session to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, which would give women the right to vote. By the spring of 1920, 35 states had already ratified. Thirty six states were required to ratify the Amendment in order for it to formally become part of the Constitution, and so all national suffrage effort that summer became intensely concentrated on winning the 36th state.
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.
“You may name your boy Percival, Algernon, or Montmoresst,” South Carolina journalist Charles David tells us in his 1926 article ‘Greenville of Old,’ “but if some chap at school dubs him Sorrel-top, Bully, or Buster, the nick-name will stick and his real name be forgotten. So it has been with this little railroad–its owners christened it the Carolina, Knoxville and Western, but some fellow with a bit of humor in his make-up spoke of it as The Swamp Rabbit, and that appropriate name continues to the exclusion of the longer and higher-sounding one.”
Guest author Barbara Taylor Woodall’s family memoir It’s Not My Mountain Anymore has just been published by Ammons Sisters Publishing/Catch the Spirit of Appalachia imprint. Woodall was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. She graduated from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in 1973 and is a ‘Foxfire’ veteran. It’s Not My Mountain Anymore is jaunty, cocky, funny, loving and moving, and we’re pleased to present you this excerpt from it.
We’ll wrap things up with a look at the early life of baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove. Lonaconing, Maryland’s favorite son earned a spot on Major League Baseball’s All Century team and is rated by the Sporting News as the 2nd greatest left-handed pitcher of all time. His father and older brothers preceded him into the Lonaconing coal mines, but a 15 year old Lefty quit after two weeks, saying, “Dad, I didn’t put that coal in here, and I hope I don’t have to take no more of her out.”
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Library of Appalachia, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Ray Barger in a 1977 recording of “Little Girl.”
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corn-cob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.