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Mountain Music: Appalachian Folk in West Virginia

Hammond Family, folk musicians - Geographical extent of the Appalachians Mountains runs from Maine to Georgia; covers area of 1,500 miles and 18 states. In colonial times, the Southern Highlands, which include West Virginia and areas of Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee, were known as the ‘Back County’. The early settlers in the 17th century were from the British Isles and their folk musical sound began to develop, absorbing the influence of the Cherokee Indians, African Americans, and…

Builder Levy~ Intertwining social documentary, art and street photography, Builder Levy has been making photographs for almost fifty years. In 2008 Levy was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. His two books are Images of Appalachian Coalfields, and Builder Levy Photographer. Levy is currently completing a book, Appalachia USA, spanning 40 years in that American mining region.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W.Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57. correction after new info: Jennings Harvey Howes,, taken `48 to 1951 when his brother Joe died from a coal mine accident 1951.