Henry and the Great Society

You can read here what we think of H.L. Roush’s Henry and the Great Society, and even buy a copy or two if you like, but I’ve just learned that there is a PDF version of the book available online for free. Please take a look; it is short, and very helpful in understanding how much our society has changed in such a short time.

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2 thoughts on “Henry and the Great Society

  1. In the first few pages, there is this interesting description of the duties of Clayton Peters, the rural mailman.

    The big American flag that hung wound by the wind around its staff atop the gereral store was the only silent reminder of the presence of the Federal Government in all the area and marked the location of the post office. I guess you would call it an “office” – it was actually only a screened corner of the feed room, and the bags of sweet smelling horse and mule feed, chicken mash, and Red Dog gave a distinctive odor of their own. Clayton Peters had carried the mail out of this “office” on the Salem Pike for 27 years and owned the only good saddle horse in the community…Clayton was a welcome sight as he rode the pike each day on his big bay horse, who knew every one of the stops better than Clayton did, which allowed him to take a little nap between stops. This was only necessary if the dominio game lasted longer than usual the night before at Wigal’s; or if his big bay, named Ted, had ridden the fence down and Clayton was forced out of bed in the middle of the night to fetch him from Howard’s corn patch next door. Clayton often brought to someone on the route a bag of flour, a box of salt, or some other small item needed before Saturday, and they always remembered Ted with a bite of sugar or apple; and sometimes, if the weather was nasty, they would even ask Clayton in for a cup of coffee.

    I was watching a DVD of old Sesame Street episode (Sesame Street Old School #1, I think) with my son last weekend and they actually had a short bit about an Appalachian mailman who delivered on horseback. The DVD has another Appalachian piece showing how a log cabin/barn was erected using only horses, axes and hand tools.

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