Frankie Silver resources

a webliography compiled by Lana A. Whited, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Journalism,
Ferrum College (Va.)

Other resources about Frankie Silver

Description (in French) of a ballet by a Swiss company, the Tanz Ensemble, based on the Frankie Silver story. Illustrative of the wide-ranging interest in the material.  Performed during the Arts Festival in Atlanta, Ga., in conjunction with the 1996 Olympics.



A new play by William Gregg and Perry Deane Young, produced by the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre at Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, N.C. Performed August 1-12, 2001. Gregg is the seven-times great-grandson of William Gregg, a member of the grand jury that indicted Frankie Silver. Young is the three-times grand nephew of George Young, who reportedly sold whiskey to Charlie Silver, an act that may have fueled the murder. The link goes to Perry Deane Young's official web site.
  A research aid from the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Appalachian State University. Lists sources for the Frankie Silver legend, including newspaper accounts (most recent) and trial documents, as well as lists of Library of Congress headings and call numbers.

"The Life and Death of Frankie Silvers"

Master's thesis by Carolyn Sakowski at Appalachian State University, May 1972.  Perry Deane Young, author of The Untold Story of Frankie Silver, calls Sakowski's account "one of the most factually correct pieces ever written about Frankie Silver" (18). 

Official Court Records of the Trial, Conviction and Execution of Francis Silvers, First Woman Hanged in North Carolina

From Minutes of Burke County Superior Court, Morganton, NC.  News-Herald, 1953.  Hard to find.

They Won't Hang a Woman

Play written by Maxine McCall for the Burke County Public School, 1972. Hard to find.


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