When Mama Was the Doctor Medicine Women of the Smokies DVD

Dr. Gail Palmer

By Dr. Gail Palmer Stories about women of the Smokies who served their families and communities as midwives and healers during the mid-1800s into the 1920s, skilled and dedicated women who left their homes in the dark of night, in cold, rain or snow on missions of mercy in the hills and hollows of Great Smoky Mountains. Stories of the courage and ingenuity of "doctor women" and how they made a difference by providing comfort, relieving suffering, giving hope where there was none. Stories told through photos and videotaped personal interviews. About the author: Dr. Gail Palmer has lived in Florida and New York, but has resided in Blount County. She is a native of this area and is tied to the Smoky Mountains through her maternal grandparents (John Marion Sparks and Elizabeth Shuler) who lived in Cades Cove, Tenn., now part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Palmer is dedicated to preserving the history and cultural heritage of those who lived in all the various communities that became GSMNP. She is working on a series of books that will tell stories of individuals who lived in the Smokies, how they made their living, how bad things sometimes happened, some through no fault of their own, others through consequences brought on by choices they made. This first volume tells of how the Park came into being, how individuals who owned the land reacted to the state taking their land for a national park, who fought the takeover and the result, how Park personnel shaped and managed the area, how it's doing now and how it might do in the future. The Smokies have been a coveted land, first by Native Americans, then by European settlers and their descendents and by the U. S. Government. No wonder many of those living in this area in the early 1900s dragged their feet, not wanting to give up the homes they'd fashioned out of the wilderness. And yet, many of those same individuals have said they were glad their beloved land is now part of a national park, preserved so that all can visit and enjoy. 2010; Approx. Run Time 65 minutes.

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