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Cold Winter Shadow

When a cold winter shadow I cast on the ground And frost from the foothills is creeping all around I now and then glance down the road towards the town In a kind of a hope you’ll be coming on down It must have been November when I left you to the train I watched […]

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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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They pulled the candy and laughed and frolicked

You kin talk about y’r op’ras, y’r germans an’ all sich Y’r afternoon r’ceptions an’ them pleasures o’ the rich You kin feast upon y’r choc’lates an’ y’r creams an’ ices full But none of ‘em is ekal to a good old candy pull. For ther’ isn’t any perfume like the ‘lasses on the fire […]

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By a series of good trades, they come out the winner

It has been a custom for more than twenty years to have trade days in Scottsboro on every first Monday in the month; this is also when Probate Court meets. This custom was started by the business men of the town to stimulate and encourage business and it really has had the desired effect as […]

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Randolph County’s Courthouse War

Randolph County is the largest in West Virginia. Timber rich, today much of it is in the Monongahela National Forest. And that wealth of natural resources set the stage for the Courthouse War of the 1890s between the towns of Beverly and Elkins. Prior to 1898 Beverly was the county seat; one of the oldest […]

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