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We open today’s show with a book review of the newly published Appalachia in the Classroom, edited by Theresa L. Burriss and Patricia M. Gantt. “This volume,” says guest reviewer Robert F. Maslowski, “was designed as a teaching aid for Appalachian Studies courses and provides excellent examples for courses primarily in literature, but also in history, film, folklife and cultural studies.” Dr. Maslowski teaches Appalachian Studies at Marshall University South Charleston Campus, and is editor of the journal West Virginia Archeologist.
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.
“During the first year of their unrestrained ferocity the Harpe brothers had committed at least twenty murders,” says Otto Rothert in a 1927 article titled The Harpes: Two Outlaws of Pioneer Times. “The whole of Kentucky and Tennessee had become terrorized by the possibility of the appearance of the Harpes at any hour in any locality.
We’ll wrap things up with an appreciation for Tennessee author May Justus. Justus wrote about 60 books published between 1927 and 1980, including children’s fiction and some poetry. “If my own stories and books have a lasting value,” she said, “it is, I hope, in the field of regional literature. For in this field may be preserved the history of a people to whom I belong, with whom I am glad to claim kin as a Tennessee Mountaineer.”
And, thanks to the good folks at the Appalachian Center Collection of Hutchins Library at Berea College we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Luther Strong in a 1937 recording of Hog-Eyed Man.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.