American Experience - Season 2, Episode 10 - Rotten Tomatoes

Ballad of the Mountain Man


Episode Info

Directed by David Hoffman, this installment of the PBS series The American Experience profiles Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a folklorist who worked during the 1920s to record over 300 folk songs, as well as folk tales and documentary footage of Appalachian dancers for the U.S. Library of Congress. In doing so, Lunsford created an invaluable record of the "hillbilly" way of life that has largely disappeared today. In addition to the music and archival film footage, highlights include commentary by folklorists Alan Lomax and Mike Seeger.

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