By Randal L. Hall
Beginning in 1931 and lasting for greater than 20 years, the express revolved round the lives of standard humans within the fictional group of Pine Ridge, in keeping with the hamlet of Waters, Arkansas. The identify characters, who're farmers, neighborhood officers, and the keepers of the Jot 'Em Down shop, be ready to entangle themselves in a number of hilarious dilemmas. The program's mild humor and sometimes advanced characters had large allure either to rural southerners, who have been conversant in being the butt of jokes within the nationwide media, and to city listeners who have been interested by descriptions of existence within the American countryside.
Lum and Abner was once characterised by means of the snappy, verbal comedic dueling that grew to become renowned on radio courses of the Nineteen Thirties. utilizing this structure, Lauck and Goff allowed their characters to subvert conventional authority and to poke enjoyable at universal misconceptions approximately rural lifestyles. The exhibit additionally featured hillbilly and different well known song, an innovation that drew a much bigger viewers. for this reason, Arkansas skilled a increase in tourism, and southern listeners started to immerse themselves in a brand new nationwide pop culture.
In Lum and Abner: Rural the United States and the Golden Age of Radio, historian Randal L. corridor explains the heritage and value of this system, its creators, and its nationwide viewers. He additionally provides a treasure trove of twenty-nine formerly unavailable scripts from the show's earliest interval, scripts that display a lot in regards to the nice melancholy, rural lifestyles, hillbilly stereotypes, and a seminal interval of yankee radio.
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Lum and Abner: Rural America and the Golden Age of Radio (New Directions In Southern History) by Randal L. Hall