Beyond Grits and Gravy Maggie and Buck Coal Camps, Cabbage Rolls, and Community in Appalachia b y D o n na T o l l e y C o r r i h e r Sitting beside the springhouse at her home in Meadowview one day, Margaret saw Buck come walking over the hill, on his way to visit her father. Family lore insists it was the proverbial love at first sight for both of them. Within the year, they snuck across the state line, from Virginia to Tennessee, and married, lying about Maggie's age. She gave birth to their first child a little more than one year later. Maggie and Buck Spriggs with their son Preston, ca. 1925. All images courtesy of the author unless otherwise noted. Maggie and Buck Spriggs were the author's maternal grandparents. The tenacious couple lived and raised their family in McDowell County, West Virginia, during the years of the Great Depression. Their deep love and compassion for people of all ilk and races, a value they taught to their children, inspired the author to research her West Virginia coal mining family. Drawing from interviews with family members, personal experience, and scholarly research,
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 11, 2014
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