Month: July 2011

  • A Part of Appalachia Dies

    A Part of Appalachia Dies

      My father was born a sharecropper, lived most his years as an auto mechanic, and retired from the coal mines of Kentucky. Sharecropping meant living in a shack of another man’s property, cultivating the man’s corn and tobacco, and living off a small percentage of the crop’s yield. A mechanic meant long periods of…