[United States] : "The Appalachians" Home Video Ltd. : distributed by APT, c2005
3 videodiscs (172 min.) : sd., col., with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in ISBN/ISSN:
Originally produced for public television broadcast
Bonus feature: exclusive interview with Johnny Cash
Narrator, J.W. Mahoney ; Interviewees: Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Marty Stuart, Little Jimmy Dickens, and others
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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