The Appalachians

The Appalachians

DVD - 2005
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Episode 1 (55 min.). Examines the earliest settlers of the Appalachians, the Cherokee; the arrival in the 1700s of European settlers who brought their traditions and music with them; the regional role of whiskey distilling; the large evangelical tent meetings which brought together blacks and whites and fostered the development of regional white gospel influenced by African rhythms -- Episode 2 (55 min.). The Cherokees are cruelly relocated along the Trail of Tears; the Civil War splits families; modernization arrives as railroads make it possible to strip raw materials and timber from the mountains; mining companies change entire towns and ways of life; miners demands better working conditions and the region suffers from the violence of the great Coal Wars -- Episode 3 (62 min.). The phonograph and radio take mountain music to the outside world; Great Depression devastates the region; the New Deal provides new ways of making a living and brings wider access to electricity; strip mining and mountain-top removal change the landscape forever; people of Appalachia keep their traditional culture alive and vibrant.
Publisher: [United States] : "The Appalachians" Home Video Ltd. : distributed by APT, c2005.
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (172 min.) : sd., col., with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: Episode 1 (55 min.). Examines the earliest settlers of the Appalachians, the Cherokee; the arrival in the 1700s of European settlers who brought their traditions and music with them; the regional role of whiskey distilling; the large evangelical tent meetings which brought together blacks and whites and fostered the development of regional white gospel influenced by African rhythms -- Episode 2 (55 min.). The Cherokees are cruelly relocated along the Trail of Tears; the Civil War splits families; modernization arrives as railroads make it possible to strip raw materials and timber from the mountains; mining companies change entire towns and ways of life; miners demands better working conditions and the region suffers from the violence of the great Coal Wars -- Episode 3 (62 min.). The phonograph and radio take mountain music to the outside world; Great Depression devastates the region; the New Deal provides new ways of making a living and brings wider access to electricity; strip mining and mountain-top removal change the landscape forever; people of Appalachia keep their traditional culture alive and vibrant.

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bstudent
May 01, 2012

documentary - this was real good as most of my memories of this area are from depressed "end of the line" coal days, after the logging and strip mining which really left it's mark. However this takes you back to pre-coal, huge forests of hard wood, Indian's, pre-r/r, Hatfield's and McKoy's...a lot of history.

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Rocket29
Jun 27, 2010

Disc 3 wouldn't work but the first two dscs were great

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