In 1934 25-year-old cartoonist Al Capp took his hillbilly idea to United Features Syndicate (creating a lifelong public feud with Ham Fisher, whose popular boxing strip “Joe Palooka” he’d been ghosting) and "Li'l Abner was born. The comic strip starred Li'l Abner Yokum, the lazy, dumb, but good-natured and strong hillbilly who lived in Dogpatch with Mammy and Pappy Yokum. Whatever energy he had went into evading the marital goals of Daisy Mae, his well-endowed girlfriend, until Capp finally gave in to reader pressure and allowed the couple to marry. This was such big news that the happy couple made the cover of Life magazine.
Abner was carried at first by only eight newspapers, but his hapless Dogpatchers hit a nerve in Depression-era America. Within three short years it climbed to 253 newspapers, reaching over 15,000,000 readers. Before long he was in hundreds more, with a circulation exceeding 60,000,000 (the entire US population then was about 180 million.)
Connecticut born & raised, Al Capp had traveled the mountains of West Virginia as a child, and drew from those experiences to speckle his wild narratives with unforgettable characters - among them heartless capitalist General Bullmoose; human jinx Joe Bfstplk, who was followed by his own bleak rain cloud; Evil Eye Fleegle whose double whammies could melt skyscrapers; cave-dwelling buddiesLonesome Polecat and Hairless Joe who concocted Kickapoo Joy Juice, the ultimate moonshine; Mammy Yokum, the sweet old lady who could outbox men twice her size; fumbling detective Fearless Fosdick, whose bullet-riddled body resembled Swiss cheese; and the gorgeous but odorous Moonbeam McSwine who preferred the company of pigs to men. And when readers thought there was no sadder and poorer place than Dogpatch, Capp would take his readers to frostbitten and poverty stricken Lower Slobovia.
Besides entertaining millions, Capp permanently affected the popular culture. In 1937 he introduced the annual Sadie Hawkins Day race into his strip. It quickly inspired real life girl-asks-boy dances across America and Sadie Hawkins Day became a national institution.
Originally blogged at Appalachian History
Again, this one is a young'un, but it is put together incredibly well and I foresee it going apelicious. I say link'm up and keep watching - the Interactive Map, in particular, is worth a look-see and it shows signs of being a great introductory guide, in correlation with the blog, to Knoxvegas - - - keep growing your site, folks, and we'll keep watching.
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Hoskins Library on the the Campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville -
Home to the Special Collections and Host of the Appalachian Removals and Relocations Lecture
(Image from the UTK Special Collections page)
Appalachia is a region of great transformations and intersections. Humans have fought over its natural resources, land, and legacy for centuries. Removals and relocations across this vast territory resulted in regional diversity, cultural isolation, and conflicting identities. As a result, the image of Appalachia and its inhabitants is ever-changing.
Appalachian removals and relocations, both forced and voluntary, are most apparent in the 19th and 20th centuries. The hand of the federal government brought change to Appalachia in the 1830s with forced removal of the Cherokees. Homesteaders then occupied the emptied lands and turned the region's fertile bottomland into productive farms or staked claims on mountainsides and in the valleys of East Tennessee. The high dams of TVA and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park displaced the descendants of those first settlers a century later. Cheap land, opportunity, and dreams for a perfect society also led many immigrant groups to East Tennessee, with the British settlement of Rugby being perhaps the best example of this 19th century utopian influence upon the Appalachian character.
This exhibit explores the theme of Appalachian removals and relocations, using original material held by the Special Collections Library. It anchors the spring 2007 Special Collections Lecture Series and supports the University of Tennessee's Appalachian Semester. The exhibit will be open from March to October 2007, Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
Fascinating, eh? And for those of us who either don't live in K-town or don't have time in our schedules to hit the series live, the UTK Library will be podcasting the lectures as well. A must see (or hear) for history buffs.
West Virginia Bloggers Message Board - Are you a blogger from West Virginia or a fan of West Virginia Blogging? Well, the Jedi Jawa is, and by god, he (do Jawa have genders? - - - or souls?) isn't a ashamed of it. And, in addition to running a plethora (er, okay, three) of blogs, he has a pretty darn comprehensive list of WV Blogs (hope you don't mind J-J if we add several of those to our link lists in the near future). My guess is that this Ohioian headed to Charleston, WV came across several of these folks came across several of them on a site the samurai-like sand denizen recommended to us, the West Virginia Bloggers Message Board.
Well, there is something to chew on . . . . enjoy.