July 4, 1900

Nowadays, celebrating the Fourth of July usually means having a cookout then loading the family into the car or van and going to watch the fireworks. But in turn of the 20th century Appalachia, it meant a whole lot more. Today, its the story of how the Fourth used to be in Appalachia, through one town’s celebration on July 4, 1900.

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(Picture by Udo Keppler work for hire for PUCK magazine(Life time: na) – Original publication: Puck magazine July 2,1902Immediate source: http://www.politico.com/gallery/2015/07/fourth-of-july-political-cartoons/002273-032564.html?hp=t1_r&slide=0, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50093623)

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