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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Aug 31, 2019

Today we tell the story of William Winfield Scott Duggan, better known as Buster Duggan.  Duggan was an outlaw, moonshiner and murderer notorious in southeast Tennessee and northeast Alabama early in the 20th century.

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Aug 24, 2019

Today we tell the story of two oddly dressed street preachers who showed up in Beckley, West Virginia, in the summer of 1930, causing a great deal of commotion among the African-American community in that city.

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Aug 17, 2019

The 1868 presidential election was the first held in the country since the end of the Civil War.  Recently freed slaves flocked to the polls on election day in Asheville, North Carolina, to cast their votes for the Republican Party.  At the same time white voters came out to vote for the Democratic Party, run by...


Aug 10, 2019

Today we tell the story of Robert Sheffey, one of Southwest Virginia's most well-known circuit riders.  These preachers traveled from one community to the next, bringing the word of God to those who would accept it.  There was one town, however, that never accepted Preacher Sheffey's efforts to save it, no matter how...


Aug 3, 2019

The Appalachian frontier of the 1780's and 1790's was a dress rehearsal for the Wild West of the 1870's and 1880's, with the establishment of new towns, new farms, and wars with the Native Americans who were already there.  Today we tell the story of the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots trader who became a legendary...