Personal Names

Personal Names

People receive their names according to a number of social conventions. Often those conventions reflect regional differences. . .

Dr. John Brinkley

Dr. John Brinkley

At the turn of the 20th century, most areas of Appalachia remained rural and isolated. In North Carolina, the county of Jackson fit that description. It seemed unlikely the county would produce an individual who would go down in local and national history as one of the most colorful characters of the 1920s and 1930s.

Bayard Wootten

Bayard Wootten

Bayard Wootten was a photographer of Southern Appalachia and its people. In the 1920s she came to western North Carolina to record everyday life. She is best known for her portrait photography, especially of working people living in rural agricultural communities.

Francis Asbury

Francis Asbury

Francis Asbury was the circuit-riding founder of the Methodist Church in America. From his arrival in America in 1771, he tirelessly rode on horseback throughout the Eastern United States, concentrating on frontier communities that lacked churches.

Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe

When people are asked to name words that they associate with the Appalachian region, one of the first words off the tongue is bluegrass. The country credits one man, Bill Monroe, with the creation of bluegrass. Bill Monroe had been influenced by music from a very...