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We open today’s show with an interview with Dr. Jerry Bruce Thomas, author of ‘An Appalachian New Deal’ and a professor emeritus at Shepherd University. In this excerpt, Dr. Thomas discusses a book called ‘West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State,’ published by the West Virginia Writers’ Project in 1941. He was interviewed by Jessie Wright Mendoza of the Traveling 219 website.
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.
In our next segment we’ll investigate the effect of a 1930s New Deal program on farmers in Appalachia. Surpluses of the main US farm products had been piling up in storage bins since the early 1920s. Starting in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt used the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to try to limit the output of those products.
We’ll wrap things up with the life story of one Granny Dollar, a North Alabama Cherokee woman who lived to the ripe old age of 104. In a 1928 interview she discussed her recollections of growing up in a family headed by a husband, his 2 wives, and 26 children.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music by Grayson & Whitter in a 1929 recording of Cluck Old Hen.
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.