Appalachia Archive

Mother’s Day Corsages, Peace Movements and Work Days: What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

In old photo albums and shoe boxes there are several photos of my mother and her mother wearing corsages on Mother’s Day. Usually they’re standing in front of the lilac bush or the deep purple irises, my mother wearing a red corsage and her mother a white one. I distinctly remember my mother explaining the
Category: Arkansas

Monday Music: “John Henry” played by Lesley Riddle

Week before last we posted about the book The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song,  a graphic novel tracing the history of the Carter family and their influence on American music.  One of the key figures in the lives of the Carter and represented in the book is guitar player Lesley Riddle, an African American folk musician
Category: African American

Don’t Forget This Song: A History of the Carter Family in Graphic Novel Form

This past Christmas a dear friend gave me a copy of the 2012 publication, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, a graphic novel tracing the history of first family of County music. Known for songs such as “Wildwood Flower,” “Can the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Hello Stranger,” and “Keep on the Sunnyside,” the Carter Family
Category: Music

Friday Video: Activist Larry Gibson: An American Hero Remebered

Today’s Friday Video is taken from the film, YERT (Your Environmental Roadtrip), a a sustainable solutions documentary produced by Ben Evans in the Spring of 2008. One of the people featured in the film was environmental activist Larry Gibson, a staunch advocate against mountain top removal. Gibson  passed away this past week at the age
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Friday Video: Where Do They All Go?

Today’s Friday Video is a preview of the upcoming film, Where Do They All Go? by Tom Davenport. Davenport is currently raising money to finish the film on Indiegogo.  This film follows Dr. Jerry A. Payne, “Entomologist, Georgia Naturalist, Uppervillian, Friend and Artist,” who remembers, as a child, looking at dead animals in the woods and wondering how they al disappeared.
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“Hand of Man” Video About Mountain Top Removal

The band Magnolia Mountain recently released a video for their song “Hand of Man” about the horrors of Appalachian mountaintop removal.  The song appears on the Music for the Mountains compilation cd, which was released last year (to read about that project go here). According to the band’s web page, the video took about a
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Friday Video: Creation of the Film “Acceptable Limits” by See Rock City Productions.

This week’s Friday Video comes via a suggestion from friend, folklorist, and writer Rachel Reynolds Luster who passed the video our way this morning.  For several months now we’ve been researching the history of Arkansas Nuclear One and following discussions regarding nuclear sites throughout the country. To see other posts about this research go here. 
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In Honor of the Life and Music of Hazel Dickens.

Hazel Dickens was one of the most courageous and important singer/songwriters of our time. I had the opportunity to write an audio essay about her life and music for the Ozarks at Large Program on KUAF 91.3 FM, public radio out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The piece aired yesterday, but you can hear it online by going
Category: Connection to Land/Place

Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens by Bill C. Malone

At this year’s American Folklore Society conference (something I intend to write more about very soon)my wonderful friends Mike and Rachel Reynolds-Luster surprised me with a belated birthday gift: a paperback copy of Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens (Music in American Life Series, University of Illinois Press, 2008). It’s so
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Myles Horton’s Definition of Participatory Research

Myles Horton is one of my biggest heroes. The founder of the Highlander Folk School, now called the Highlander Research and Education Center, Myles Horton believed in people’s power to change their lives and communities for the better. A true activist and constant learner, Horton put this belief into action when he created Highlander in
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