Hillbilly: The Real Story (The History Channel)
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That said, I must say that the documentary is informative and interesting. The reenactments are generally well executed. Scotch Irish settler history, the Battle of King Mountain in the Revolution, the building of the Clinchfield Railroad, and the TVA are all discussed. The time devoted to the coal conflicts in 1920s West Virginia was especially interesting. Even the senstaional material was informative and entertaining. Overall, Billy Ray Cyrus did a decent job as a host as well. Despite a heavy focus on sensationalism, the documentary was surprisingly sympathetic towards Appalachian people. Even the existence of snake churches is viewed more in the light of religious tolerance in West Virginia than how it could have been portrayed.
On the whole, I recommend the documentary for anyone wanting a brief overview of Appalachia. Just be aware that some of the sensational aspects are perhaps overplayed (though moonshining was in fact very common years ago).
Billy Ray journeys into the hollers and runs of Appalachia to discover the proud legacy of the region's mountain folk. Watch it and you will learn how hillbillies, long misunderstood as isolated and backward, actually have a 300-year history of achievement that has contributed significantly to our national identity.
If you're looking for another re-hash of the Civil War, this is not for you. It has nothing to do with it. Honestly, I was a little glad the producers skipped that. The Civil War has been covered in a lot of other documentaries and this was not the venue for it.
I'd love to see a sequel. I'm sure there are more stories out there that they couldn't fit in. Any history fan or people with an interest in or ties to Appalachia will probably find this to be quite entertaining.
Yes, this DVD does destroy the misconceptions that so many of us who now live up North, are forced to live with.
You're never too old to discover your own history!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who knows when the Southerners may need to help win the country again! Excellent documentary of the truth of the southern contribution to our American heritage.Published 3 months ago by C. A. Ostrowski
Learned a lot about my ancestors that I didn't know before. America would not exist if it were not for the American "Hillbilly".Published 6 months ago by David Hill
Advertised as screw on lids. They were absolutely 'NOT'. They are push on. The only reason I bought them were for the 'screw on' feature. So, it sucks to be me.Published 14 months ago by Jimmax
I enjoy this story. My roots are from West Virginia and my ancestry is Scots-Irish. It is refreshing to hear the real story.Published 16 months ago by Cameron W.