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Title
Sadie Miller
Contributor Names
Miller, Sadie (Depicted)
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
September 28, 1995
Subject Headings
-  Fall
-  September
-  Gardens
-  Canning
-  Food preservation
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Drews Creek
Genre
Photographs
Ethnography
Notes
-  Big vegetable gardens are a distinctive feature of the landscape on Coal River and throughout the southern West Virginia coalfields. Gardens, together with produce from the woods, have been linked historically with the ability to survive the boom and bust cycles of coal mining, and actually made this part of the coalfields difficult to unionize. "There does not exist the hunger and suffering here that is found in [other coal fields]," wrote P. M. McBride in 1896. "Every available spot of ground seems to have received attention from the plow or spade, the houses resemble the homes of the market gardener. . . .This explains their comparatively comfortable position. They raise all the vegetables they require and this assures them that the wolf shall be kept from the door." (Corbin, 34) Beginning with lettuce, onions, and peas in spring and continuing through to the fall squashes, gardens on Coal River burgeon with produce for family, neighbors, and kin. Sadie Miller is canning beets raised by her neighbor down the road, Roy Webb. She also puts up strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apple butter, green beans, peaches, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and a variety of jellies.
Medium
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C017-07
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.lec01707
Online Format
image

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Miller, Sadie, and Lyntha Scott Eiler. Sadie Miller. 1995. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/cmns000071/. (Accessed October 01, 2016.)

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Miller, S. & Eiler, L. S. (1995) Sadie Miller. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/cmns000071/.

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Miller, Sadie, and Lyntha Scott Eiler. Sadie Miller. 1995. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/cmns000071/>.