Web site: www.wnpt.net/appalachians
The vast Appalachia region stretches across 13 states and is home to more than 23 million people, yet it may be the least understood culture in America. Appalachia has existed for generations as a region apart, isolated physically and culturally by its rugged mountains. The ethnically diverse Appalachian people - including many of the country's first immigrants - played a profound, and often overlooked, part in the nation's history and cultural and economic development. THE APPALACHIANS, introduced by country music star Naomi Judd, is a comprehensive historical and cultural overview of this distinctive region. This three-part series documents the unique legacy, courage, character, arts and culture of the central and southern Appalachian people. The film includes the work of outstanding Appalachian historians and scholars, writers, poets and musicians, including Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Alison Kraus and traditional folk artists from the region.
Evangelical revivals sweep the region in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the men of Appalachia rail at taxes and regulations imposed by the new American government, and traditional music mingles with the rhythms used by African slaves to form a glorious new gospel music.
- KETKY Monday, August 18 at 3:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, August 19 at 1:00 am EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, August 20 at 10:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 pm EDT
After the Civil War, railroads are built, forests are cut, and outside owners buy up the land. A conflict between two timbering families, the Hatfields and the McCoys, becomes a legendary "blood feud." The United Mine Workers' union organizing attempts are resisted by the owners, often with violence, and resentments explode in a series of devastating strikes known as the "great coal wars."
- KETKY Monday, August 25 at 3:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, August 26 at 1:00 am EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, August 27 at 10:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Saturday, August 30 at 8:00 pm EDT
The 1960s War on Poverty again sends federal aid into Appalachia, but television and magazines show painful images of hunger and poverty, reinforcing the stereotype of the poor hillbilly.
- KETKY Monday, September 1 at 3:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, September 2 at 1:00 am EDT
- KETKY Wednesday, September 3 at 10:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 pm EDT
Official web site: www.wnpt.net/appalachians
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