Monthly Archives: November 2011

The women of this country are going to come and sit here

Rebecca Latimer Felton, in her customary way, saw right through the political machinations that led to her officially becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. When Georgia Senator Thomas E. Watson died on September 26, 1922, Governor Thomas Hardwick appointed a replacement to serve until a special election could be held. […]

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It’s the Snallygaster

It’s a great winged beast, with scales like a reptile and the wings and talons of a great bird. No. It’s half bird, half wildcat with yellow and black stripes. No. It’s a sable-eyed muskrat with a tuxedo front. It’s the Snallygaster, and for several years in the late 1920s and early 1930s it caused […]

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Criminal Syndicalism comes to Harlan, KY

In November 1931, as chairman of the National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners, well known author Theodore Dreiser organized a special committee to infiltrate Kentucky’s Harlan coal mines to investigate allegations of crimes and abuses against striking miners. The self-appointed group of left-leaning writers (including Theodore Dreiser, Lewis Mumford, John Dos Passos, and […]

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A Smoky Mountain clan protects its way of life one song at a time

The following review of Alex Bledsoe’s new novel, ‘The Hum and the Shiver,’ was written by Tina LoTufo for Chapter16.org, ‘a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby.’ In The Hum and the Shiver, the Reverend Craig Chess is a young minister with a problem: his first church assignment—the Triple Springs Methodist Church—is located in […]

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The farmer has become a prince

“The log cabin no longer adorns the landscape. Instead, is the stately mansion, indicative of wealth, of taste and of hospitality. There are spacious, nicely painted barns, hedges, orchards, well-fenced, well-tilled fields. Steel bridges span the turbulent streams, and macadamized roadways wind among the valleys and skirt the rising hills. Where the wigwam once stood, […]

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