Appalachia

The Homecoming

By Earl Hamner

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On Christmas Eve, Clay Spencer has not returned home. His eldest son, Clay-boy, goes looking for him in the snowy Virginia hills. Ladylike bootleggers, a lesson in race relations, and the hazards of nature are all a part of his journey. Earl Hamner's original story launched The Waltons television series. This entry leads to the large print edition, but a regular print edition is available as is The Walton's Homecoming video.

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Pioneer Children of Appalachia

By Joan Anderson

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Text and photographs from a living history village in West Virginia recreate the pioneer life of young people in Appalachia in the early nineteenth century.

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Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

By Cynthia Rylant

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Every year at Christmas a rich man rides a train through Appalachia and throws gifts to the poor children who are waiting, in order to repay a debt he owes the people who live there.

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Up Molasses Mountain

By Julie Baker

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When union members arrive to organize their West Virginia coal mining town, fourteen-year-old Clarence Henderson, shunned for his cleft lip, and his neighbor Elizabeth Braxton tell about the changes in their own lives and in the lives of everyone in their community.

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Growing Up in Coal Country

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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There were lots of jobs for young boys to do in the dark and dirty coal mines of Pennsylvania, from "breaker boys" to "nippers" and "spraggers." These early photos let you look into the eyes of kids who saw too much too early as they struggled to help feed their families.
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Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories

By Rosemary Wells

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Three very moving stories bring to life the true story of Mary Breckenridge, the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, which since 1925 has provided medical service to rural Appalachian Kentucky.

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