Part One: Tracing my roots

rootsI’ve been quiet here on the Appalachian Chained blog for about a month now.  I’ve actually been doing a little soul searching as to where to go with the blog and other endeavors that I am part of.

Besides my co-hosting duties on various podcasts, I have had the opportunity this year to get back to my roots in covering motorsports and more, thanks to Chris Graham and the Augusta Free Press.

Still I have felt empty.

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Saving the mountain and preserving history

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Today is the deadline for comments to be heard concerning Blair Mountain in West Virginia, being set aside as a historical landmark or whether the coal operators will level Blair Mountain.

It’s a fight that has gone on for a long time, even after the initial battle there in 1921. If you are not familiar with Blair Mountain, here is a synopsis.

According to the opening paragraph of the account in Wikipedia, Blair Mountain was the site of one of the “largest labor uprisings in United States history and one of the largest, best-organized, and most well-armed uprisings since the American Civil War.”

Back in 2016, my friend Steve Gilly, the co-host of “Stories: A History of Appalachia”, and I recorded a podcast about Blair Mountain and the history of this significant event.

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