This is so weird to see all these place I know on tv. This is where my mom's family is from.
It's been quite good. It tells how people came to settle in the Appalachia mountains, the Hatfield-McCoy Feud, the coal industry.
I wouldn't wish a coal miner job on my worst enemy
From the History Channel website
Billy Ray Cyrus hosts this fascinating account of the history and culture of this important slice of the American pie.
•Hillbillies gave America its most popular spectator sport: NASCAR.
•The label "hillbilly" may date to 17th Century Ireland.
•This feature-length documentary celebrates a unique facet of America's melting pot.
As this wide-ranging documentary makes clear, the disparaging label "hillbilly" should actually be worn with pride.
Join host Billy Ray Cyrus on a journey into the hollers and runs of Appalachia to discover the proud legacy of the region's mountain folk. Learn how hillbillies, long misunderstood and maligned as isolated and backward, actually have a 300-year history of achievement and success that has contributed significantly to our national identity.
In this two-hour special you'll meet outcast immigrants, war heroes, isolated backwoodsmen, hard working miners, fast moving moon shiners, religious warriors, musicians and statesmen. You'll learn of their contributions, which include establishing the first labor unions, battling the British, and spawning some of the most popular aspects of American culture today, like NASCAR and country music. And you'll see them in a whole new light.
Consider this remarkable program, HILLBILLY: THE REAL STORY, a deliverance from our preconceptions and a celebration of a valuable feature of our American landscape.