Strange Tales of the American South

Great Depression stories, culture, travel and history.

The Ghost of Thurber, Texas

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The rise and fall of Thurber, Texas – a mining ghost town with a real ghost? Written by Bob Hopkins

Buttercup and the Forest Princess

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Great Depression folktale of a mysterious forest creature protecting a widow and her family from the frightening depths of Tennessee logging country.

Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) in the American South

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) was a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Gullah Culture, Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) and The Boo Hag

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Gullah cultures of Sapelo Island and coastal Georgia, plus the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Gullah Culture, Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) and The Plat Eye

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Gullah cultures of Sapelo Island and coastal Georgia, plus the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Sop Doll

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Mississippi folktale about a Depression-era farmhand who will take just about any job – including at a strange farm where his predecessors ended up dead!

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