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|Description:||viii, 241 pages ; 24 cm|
|Responsibility:||by Judge Watson.|
Table of Contents:
Introduction I. Farming: Products, Living Conditions, and Farm Characteristics II. The Development of the Coal Industry III. Labor Troubles in the Coal Field IV. Lumber, Petroleum, Steel, Clay Products, and Other Industries V. Education in Eastern Kentucky VI. Medicine: Practices, Personnel and Hospital Facilities VII. Religion in the Mountains VIII. Mountain Music and Literature Summary and Conclusion Bibliography
For a visitor of the 1900's eastern Kentucky is part of a very beautiful and accessible state. Excellent highways, interstates, toll roads, and the Appalachian development highways fostered by President Lyndon Baines Johnson have opened its isolation and fastnesses of past years to delighted travelers. Its river valleys, gateways to the coal fields for railroads, are now pathways for the finest highways. Eight chapters convey many stories of eastern Kentucky's development over the first six decades of the twentieth century. Travel accounts, state and federal documents, missionaries, developers, job seekers, and the great corporations with interest in tapping the immense energy resources of this vast storehouse of coal and oil: all open our eyes to its importance for the nation. The human element is always present, for people count much. The first four chapters are a very full account of the economic life of the people. Coal and labor problems are the central themes. Subsistence agriculture contrasts markedly with industry for industy is built on money, power, and industrial need. The second four chapters relate eduction -- the central need -- and its problems, developments in medicine, religious impulses and action, and finally, the songs, poetry, stories, and drama which appear to be underlain by deep sadness. THE AUTHOR A native of Kentucky, the author, Judge Watson, holds degrees from Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Asbury College, Indiana University, and Emory University. Dr. Watson has served as a college professor, a minister of the Gospel, a soldier, coal miner, construction worker, and one who cares for people. He is currently retired and living in Lakeland, Florida with his wife, Agnes, who is a retired elementary school teacher. He is a member of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.