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The path was steep : a memoir of Appalachian coal camps during the Great Depression

Author: Suzanne Pickett
Publisher: Montgomery [Alabama] : NewSouth Books, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sue Pickett was a coal miner's daughter who became a coal miner's wife. She witnessed the turbulent years of the Great Depression and the sometimes-violent struggles between labor unions and coal mine bosses throughout the Appalachian South especially in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Mrs. Pickett's native Alabama. Her story is peopled with memorable characters an almost Biblical cast of family members, which includes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
History
Local history
Named Person: Suzanne Pickett; Suzanne Pickett; Suzanne Pickett
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Pickett
ISBN: 9781588382610 1588382613
OCLC Number: 829754898
Notes: "Published in cooperation with The Cahaba Trace Commission."
Description: xiv, 210 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Contents: You could almost smell the Depression --
What October would bring --
As long as I've got a biscuit, you won't starve --
Despite all, well-fed and loved --
The community barber --
The value of Papa's teaching --
A new hope --
We never knew our cruelty --
Thunderbolt --
Here we rest --
Hottest day I ever saw --
Such good people --
The worst road in the United States --
Score one for West Virginia! --
Hot dogs for Thanksgiving --
So dad-burned purty --
Every river leads to Piper --
Best medicine in the world --
"Sleeping sickness" --
A burglar wouldn't try to break in --
Wild over Roosevelt --
Is this a deathwatch? --
All men brothers.
Responsibility: Suzanne Pickett ; foreword by Norman McMillan.

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Sue Pickett was a coal miner's daughter who became a coal miner's wife. She witnessed the turbulent years of the Great Depression and the sometimes-violent struggles between labor unions and coal mine bosses throughout the Appalachian South especially in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Mrs. Pickett's native Alabama. Her story is peopled with memorable characters an almost Biblical cast of family members, which includes her irrepressible husband David; the dangerous and feared coal-company enforcer Mike Self; Irene, a fiercely proud ten-year-old mountain girl left homeless by the hard times; a roaring, fire-belching automobile nicknamed Thunderbolt, and many others. Theirs are stories of making do, getting by, and surviving, but they are equally of love of family and land.

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