Monthly Archives: January 2012

We shook hands with them all, including two held for murder

“The administration of justice in the isolated areas still surprises the visitor with its differences from the ways of the town. Despite a few modern touches, a cuspidor or two missing, or the presence of some young lawyers fresh from the state university, a mountain trial is in spirit much the same as when I […]


The bondage photos? Why, I thought they were cute

Her provocative pin-up images violated all manner of the era’s sexual taboos, finally invoking a United States Senate Committee investigation into pornography. In 1955, Bettie Page was summoned from New York City to Capitol Hill by Sen. Estes Kefauver, a moral crusader known for wearing coonskin caps. Kefauver, a Madisonville, TN native, was at the […]


Stories of Appalachia and its people

Please welcome guest writer Lisa King.  King was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with her job all over America in her twenties and early thirties, then came back to the mountains to raise her daughter.  “I’ve been employed as everything from a quality control technician in industrial construction, to a mail processing plant […]


Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast 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 the Yahoo, a […]


The Agricultural Adjustment Administration adjusts farmers pockets to less full

Surpluses of the main US farm products had been piling up in storage bins since the early 1920s, and President Roosevelt used the Agricultural Adjustment Administration starting in 1933 to try to limit the output of those products. If their supply went down, then their prices would go up, enabling many farm families to make […]

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