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WRA 101 Spring 2017: Primary Sources on Hillbilly Culture

What you'll find here

This resource guide will help you identify and research an artifact for your Hillbilly Elegy writing assignment.

FIND MUSIC

"Hillbilly" and "old-time" musicians to search for:

  • A.C. "Eck" Robertson
  • Henry C. Gilliland
  • Fiddlin' John Carson
  • Vernon Dalhart
  • Uncle Dave Macon
  • Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers
  • Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers
  • Jimmie Rodgers
  • The Carter Family
  • Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys

Radio programs:

  • The National Barn Dance (Chicago)
  • The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville)

TRADITIONAL PRACTICES

The Foxfire books preserve all sorts of traditional practices of the Appalachians.

Learn about food and folk art traditions, plus midwifing, bear hunting, snake handling, railroad lore, burial practices, and much more.

FIND ORAL HISTORIES

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

Digital Library of Appalachia

The Appalachian Voice (online magazine with archived back issues)

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