Monthly Archives: April 2013

Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. Check us out on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to start listening: We open today’s show with a look at Frances L. Goodrich, a Presbyterian missionary and teacher from Binghamton, NY, who came […]

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Congressman snubs suffrage leader

“CONGRESSMAN TOM HEFLIN’S TILT WITH WOMAN SUFFRAGE LEADER FEATURES BARBECUE” Montgomery [AL] Daily, c. 1915 “Congressman Tom Heflin has returned to his home from Wetumpka, AL where he delivered the principal address before the crowd of several thousand gathered to participate in the big barbecue held there yesterday. The congressman is glad to be alive […]

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America loves the yo-yo

West Virginia entrepreneur Donald F. Duncan (1892-1971) had never heard of the yo-yo until 1928, when he encountered Pedro Flores on a business trip to California. Earlier that same decade, Flores had immigrated to America from the Philippines, and initially worked as a bellhop at a Santa Monica hotel. Carving and playing with wooden yo-yos […]

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Book Review: ‘The Burying Man’

In some other time or place a historical novel about a mountain preacher might have been titled ‘The Marrying Man,’ or ‘The Baptizing Man.’ But The Burying Man sets the reader into Depression-era Harlan, KY, where lethal labor strife leads to the county’s desperate coal mine wars. Funerals are an all too regular occurrence.

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