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Sovine, Melanie L.

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Biography

"'Been a Long Time Travelin'" aired over WBXY-FM, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, on May 2, 1982. Production of the documentary was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities through a grant awarded to the Appalachian Center. Melanie L. Sovine served as project director. Matching funds were contributed by the Appalachian Center and WBKY-FM. The program was co-produced by Melanie L. Sovine and Sue Smith of WBKY-FM.

Funding for reproduction and distribution of the cassette was provided in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities through a grant awarded to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Lexington, Kentucky, Melanie L. Sovine, project director.

"'Been a Long Time Travelin': Three Primitive Baptist Women" focuses on the beliefs of three women who are members of the Calvin Primitive Baptist Church, Bell County, Kentucky. Primitive Baptists began to distinguish themselves from "regular" Baptists in the second decade of the nineteenth century. At that time a number of Baptists in North Carolina and Maryland voiced opposition to a number of practices and institutions, among them missionary and Bible societies, seminaries, salaried ministers, and protracted revivals. Beginning around 1820 these Baptists came to be known as "Old School" or "Primitive" Baptists. Included among the primitive associations was the Powell Association, which today includes eastern Kentucky, as well as eastern Tennessee.

The religious beliefs of the Primitive Baptists approach those of seventeenth-century New England Puritans. Like the Puritans, the Primitive Baptists adhere to a belief in Calvinist predestination. Accordingly, election by God determines whether an individual is saved or damned.

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Melanie L. Sovine and Sue Smith Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AppMs-0110
Scope and Contents

The Melanie L. Sovine and Sue Smith Collection consists of a Spring 1982 interview with Cleo Green, her daughter Pearlie Ann Price, and her granddaughter Dale Ann Price, all members of the Calvin Primitive Baptist Church. Included are an audiocassette and an edited and annotated transcript of that tape.

Dates: 1982