Tennessee Culture

Robert H. Cartmell (1828-1915), a Madison County, Tennessee farmer, documented the nature of his farm operation beginning in 1853. There are thirty-three volumes of diaries that contain full commentaries related to the running of his farm, the weather, and the fluctuations of the cotton market.
The Tennessee Arts Commission established its Folk Arts Program in 1984. From the beginning, program director Dr. Robert Cogswell photographed artists, sites, and events related to program activities. These items are a small sampling of approximately 22,000 images that document folkways and unique Tennessee styles, characters, and art.
As a photographer for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Westcott was the only person allowed to have a camera in Oak Ridge while the Manhattan Project was under way in the 1940s. He took thousands of photographs of Oak Ridge residents at work and at play. When those photographs were eventually declassified, they became essential viewing for anyone hoping to understand the town and its role in history.
A newspaper once dubbed John Jay Hooker Jr. as “Tennessee’s own Kennedy.” And the label seemed to fit. The one-time aide to Robert F. Kennedy made a name for himself during his campaigns for Tennessee governor in 1966 and 1970. Although he wasn’t successful in either of those campaigns – or others that followed – he has remained part of the state’s political landscape for more than a half century. A lawyer by trade, he’s also tried his hand with varying degrees of success as a restaurateur, a publisher and a health care executive. As former Governor Winfield Dunn, the man who beat Hooker in the 1970 election, put it: “When people run out of things to talk about, they talk about John Jay Hooker.”
After Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy in June 1861, the Scott County Court symbolically voted to secede from Tennessee and form the "Free and Independent State of Scott."
Dunn developed an interest in politics at an early age. His father, Aubert Culberson Dunn, served as district attorney in Mississippi’s Lauderdale County during the 1930s. At the time, Dunn recalled thinking of the courthouse where his father worked as a mysterious place.
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