History Channel, WV, and Stereotypes

There was an interesting article a few days ago in the Charleston GazetteHistory Channel series to feature Welch group.

The cast of the Welch-based “Terror of the Tug” theater group and scenes from McDowell County will be featured in a History Channel two-hour special series on Appalachia that premieres at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Titled “Hillbilly: The Real Story,” the program traces the 300-year journey from the violent border wars of the Scottish lowlands to the Revolutionary War, the development of the Clinchfield Railroad and the West Virginia Mine Wars to present time.

According to Moore Huntley Productions, which produced the special, the program “looks at the real stories behind the stereotypes” and examines a people “who grew as tough and resilient as the Appalachian Mountains themselves.”

“Real stories behind the stereotypes….”  Let’s hope so.  Let’s watch and see what we think.

[Update 08-27-2007  17:17:42] The show wasn’t on last night.  I sent the History Channel an e-mail and heard back from them.  I detail their response here .  The show has been rescheduled but they won’t tell me for when.

[Update 09-10-2007 07:50:17] The History Channel has announced the dates/times the show will air .


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