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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Apr 23, 2022

During the Great Depression of the 1930s coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, struck against the coal operators for better pay and better working conditions. These strikes often turned violent and gun battles were common.

Today we tell the story of the Harlan County coal war of the 1930s.


Apr 2, 2022

Today we tell the story of the man who led the most successful Confederate raid on American territory during the Civil War, leading his men into battle throughout Indiana and Ohio.  Afterwards, General John Hunt Morgan met his end at the hands of Union soldiers in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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Mar 26, 2022

In April 1865 a riverboat that carried cargo from Illinois south to New Orleans was hired to transport newly freed Union prisoners from Vicksburg, Mississippi, home. 

Unfortunately, many of them would end up dying during this trip.

Today we tell the story of the man claimed to be the last survivor of this ill-fated...


Mar 19, 2022

In the 1930's a man interested in writing, new age religions and far-right politics came to Asheville, North Carolina, where he established his own fascist organization in support of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany.  

Today we tell the story of William Dudley Pelley.

 


Feb 26, 2022

In the late 1700s two cousins, Micajah Harpe and Wiley Harpe, terrorized the Appalachian frontier, stealing, fighting, raping and killing pioneers as they crossed Appalachia looking for a new home. Today we tell the story of the Bloody Harpes, two of America's most vicious serial killers.

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