About the Site

This site, part of the American Studies 1930s Project at the University of Virginia, is meant to be used for educational purposes only. It was designed and created in May 2005 by Alexis Luckey, a graduate student in the American Studies M.A. program at the university.

Sources: Books

Cohen, Ronald D. Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940–1970. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.

Denisoff, R. Serge. Great Day Coming: Folk Music and the American Left. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1971.

Garland, Jim. Welcome the Traveler Home: Jim Garland's Story of the Kentucky Mountains. Ed. Julia S. Ardery. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1983.

Green, Archie. Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1972.

Greenway, John. American Folksongs of Protest. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1953.

Guthrie, Woodie. Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People.1967. Ed. Alan Lomax and Pete Seeger. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Lieberman, Robbie. "My Song Is My Weapon": People's Songs, American Communism, and the Politics of Culture, 1930–1950. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1989.

National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners. Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields. 1932. New York: Da Capo Press, 1970.

Romalis, Shelly. Pistol Packin' Mama: Aunt Molly Jackson and the Politics of Folksong. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Taylor, Paul F. Bloody Harlan: The United Mine Workers of America in Harlan County, Kentucky, 1931–1941. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1990.

Wolfe, Charles K. Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1982.

Sources: Journals and Newspapers

"Anderson Decries Our 'Speakeasy' Era." New York Times 7 Dec. 1931: 24.

"Aunt Molly Jackson, 80, Dead; Original 'Pistol Packin' Mama'." New York Times 3 Sept. 1960: 17.

Green, Archie. "Ben Robertson Meets Aunt Molly." Kentucky Folklore Record 7.4: 133–134.

Greeway, John. "Aunt Molly Jackson and Robin Hood: A Study in Folk Re-Creation." Journal of American Folklore 69.271: 23–38.

---. "Aunt Molly Jackson as an Informant." Kentucky Folklore Record 7.4: 141–146.

Lomax, Alan. "Aunt Molly Jackson: An Appreciation." Kentucky Folklore Record 7.4: 131–132.

Mayer, Ira. "Is the Folk Gone from Folk Music?" New York Times 4 Nov. 1973: 187.

"Mountaineer Woman Sings Ballads Here." New York Times 21 Nov. 1935: 25.

"Programs of the Current Week" New York Times 1 Jun. 1941: X6.

"Reds in Near-Riot at the Rand School." New York Times 13 Apr. 1932: 6.

Robertson, Ben Jr. "Mine 'Aunt' Here to Help Dreiser by 'Blues' Song." New York Herald-Tribune 2 Dec. 1931. Rpt. in Kentucky Folklore Record 7.4: 134–139.

Seeger, Charles. "The Folkness of the Nonfolk and the Nonfolkness of the Folk." Studies in Musicology: 1935–1975. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977. 335–343.

Siegmeister, Elie. "America's Folksongs." New York Times 11 Feb. 1940: 133.

---. "Catskill Folksongs: Tunes Collected Near by Show They Are Sung by Plain People." New York Times 21 Dec. 1941: X7.

"Today on the Radio." New York Times 23 Jan. 1940: 39.

Yurchenco, Henrietta. "Trouble in the Mines: A History in Story and Song by Women of Appalachia." American Music 9.2: 209–224.

Sources: Recordings

Jackson, Molly. "The Little Dove." Anglo-American Shanties, Lyric Songs, Dance Tunes and Spirituals. Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song L2, 1943.

---. "Roll On Buddy." Railroad Songs and Ballads. Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song L61. 1939.

---. "Ten Thousand Miles" Anglo-American Shanties, Lyric Songs, Dance Tunes and Spirituals. Library of Congress Archive of American Folk Song L2, 1943.

---, and John Greenway. The Songs and Stories of Aunt Molly Jackson. Folkways, 1961.

 

Back to Top