In the Southern Appalachian mountains, coal has long been "king" in supplying heating fuel, energy, and the jobs, food, homes, lifestyles that had not been available for folks in these regions until its demand arose. The next episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 7/24/2021, on 963 "The Possum", from noon until 3 pm EDT, will be titled "Coal, Trucks, and Trains". Y'all tune in to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870; or listen online to the live stream at 963thepossum.com.
The Appalachian region has many natural resources and since the mid 1800s, the #1 of this region's natural resources that has kept this nation, and the world, supplied with heat, electricity, and transportation, as well as many jobs, and other products, and for the past nearly 200 years, is coal. Coal became a huge commodity beginning mid 19th century, with the advent of steam engines; train locomotives, steam driven boats, machinery, etc. Its value to mankind after its discoveries as a high and wide demand fossil fuel changed mankind's history in every way, ushering in the Industrial Revolution, and also hugely changed the personal lives of the Southern Appalachian peoples into the twentieth century, and beyond, from their previously centuries long remote, isolated influenced lifestyles, to assimilate, acculturate, and adapt with other groups, subcultures and cultures of various other peoples of this country, and abroad, via migration/travel into and out of the formerly socially detached region, and due historically more recent advancing telecommunications; television, radio, news media, social media, etc. Directly because of coal, Appalachia's "yesterday's people" have, over many years, developed many new ways of living, and of thinking. ~ CJ*J the DJ