Dykeman: "Being a part of the Tennessee River Valley was the fact that what was given to you could also be taken away. It could take away the land and it did. The rains came, eroded the mountains, it eroded the fields, eroded the pastures. So the rain that was nurturing could also ruin the land.”
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NARRATOR: This was the sorry state of life in the hills of Appalachia. The rains kept people from ever getting ahead. Farmers lived in shacks without electric lights or running water. There were no radios, no refrigerators, no modern conveniences. The tired soil kept people on the brink of starvation.