The Real McCoy. Elijah McCoy was born in 1844 to parents who fled from slavery in Kentucky, via the Underground Railroad. At age 15, he traveled to Edinburgh in Scotland for an apprenticeship, and returned as a mechanical engineer. McCoy's invention allowed trains to run faster and longer without stopping for maintenance. The invention was so good, it was referred to as "the real McCoy," in order to differentiate it from other pale imitations that popped up on the market.
"Home Funeral" became one of Shelby Lee Adams’ best-known portraits of Appalachian life. Esther Renee Adams, "Mamaw," was laid to rest in her own home. In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, such "country wakes" could last for days.
The media coverage the case received for nearly two years rivaled that given to the Scopes “monkey trial” of the 1920s. By the end of Edith Maxwell’s ordeal, even Eleanor Roosevelt had gotten involved.
Why It's Not Easy to Hunt and Find American Ginseng
Appalachian ginseng with seed: A very valued plant that grows in isolated conditions on rich, well-drained soils under an American deciduous hardwood forest. Used as a herbal medicine, typically folks chew the ginseng root. This particular patch was located along a small creek in western North Carolina but was plundered by poachers in 2002.
The folk speech of Appalachia, instead of being called corrupt, ought to be classified as archaic. Many of the expressions heard throughout the region today can be found in the centuries-old works of some of the greatest English authors: Alfred, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the men who contributed to the King James version of the Bible, to cite but a few.
In 1967, Canadian filmmaker Hugh O'Connor bled to death on a country road in eastern Kentucky. He was in that part of Appalachia to document its poverty, and, for his efforts, he had been shot through the chest. His killer, Hobart Ison, shot him because resented O'Connor's presence on his property and because of his lingering anger over the way that stereotyped images of Appalachian people "hillbillies" had become icons in America's War on Poverty 100 people showed up to court in Isons…
Roadside cross placed were loved ones passed away from car accidents~This one is pictured in E.KY ~ Letcher Co. ~ Daniel Boone Parkway. Thousands of roadside crosses line the highways and back roads. From my experience I only know this tradition being done in EKY
Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians - An organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Southern Appalachians through the art of storytelling and the making of crafts. We bring the history of the Southern Appalachians to life.
Hyden, KY --- The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing is a private, non-profit, community based distance education graduate school offering both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Nursing. Established since 1939. Listed with National Register of Historic Places.