I Can Almost See the Lights of Home ~
A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky



"I Can Almost See the Lights of Home ~ A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky
An Essay-In-Sound"

Writers: Charles Hardy III and Alessandro Portelli
Interviews: Alessandro Portelli
Musical recordings: Alessandro Portelli and Charles Hardy III
Producer/Engineer: Charles Hardy

Financial assistance provided by the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, the West Chester University Faculty Development Program, the English Department of the Univerity of Rome "La Sapienza," and a grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Special thanks to Annie Napier, Ron Grele, Mary Marshall Clark, Stig Hornshøf-Møller, Steve Rowland, and the participants of the 1997 Oral History Research Office Oral History Summer Institute.

Our thanks to the University of Kentucky and Annie Napier for permission to reproduce photographs.

Web site design and multimedia production:

Gerald Zahavi and Susan McCormick  
About the authors:

Charles Hardy III (B.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1989, Temple University) is a professor of history at West Chester University. An award-winning producer of both public radio and video documentaries, Hardy was the principal project historian and editor of The United States History Video Collection, (Prentice Hall, 1998), a ten-hour American history textbook on videotape, and the first producer of Crossroads (1987), a national weekly radio newsmagazine on multicultural affairs. His sound documentaries for public radio include The Popular Culture Show (1982-84), I Remember When: Times Gone But Not Forgotten (1983), Goin' North: Tales of the Great Migration (1985), and The Return of the Shad (1992). His audio art productions include Mordecai Mordant's Celebrated Audio Ephemera (1986), and This Car to the Ballpark (1988), a quadraphonic audio arcade produced from oral histories, archival recordings, and sound manipulations. Dr. Hardy taught in the Columbia University Oral History Research Office's annual Summer Institute from 1995 to 1998. His awards include a Red Ribbon in Educational Programming from the American Film and Video Association (1990), a Public Radio Program Award (1983) from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and three Audio Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Alessandro Portelli teaches American literature in the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” In the field of oral history, he is the author of Biografia di una città. Storia e racconto: Terni 1830-1985 (Torino: Einaudi, 1985); The Death of Luigi Trastulli and other Stories. Form and Meaning in Oral History (Albany: SUNY Press, 1991); The Battle of Valle Giulia. Oral History and the Art of Dialogue (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997); and L’ ordine è già stato eseguito. Roma, le Fosse Ardeatine, la memoria (Roma: Donzelli, 1999), which won the Viareggio Book Prize for 1999. He has also edited a number of long-playing records based on field research in oral history and folk music in Italy and the United States.

For further information about the CD "I Can Almost See the Lights of Home," contact Charles Hardy III at: chardy@wcupa.edu


I Can Almost See the Lights of Home ~ A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky
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