Overview

For over a century cotton production influenced the folklife of the Carolina Piedmont. In the wake of the reconstruction in the 1870s the Piedmont sprouted a number of industrial towns whose cotton mills utilized the area's inexpensive power, labor, and materials.

Simultaneously. A system of tenant farming evolved, creating a class of improvised black and white farmers. ...
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Carolina Piedmont Country

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Overview

For over a century cotton production influenced the folklife of the Carolina Piedmont. In the wake of the reconstruction in the 1870s the Piedmont sprouted a number of industrial towns whose cotton mills utilized the area's inexpensive power, labor, and materials.

Simultaneously. A system of tenant farming evolved, creating a class of improvised black and white farmers. Their interaction with small-town elites helped to create a distinctive culture that is the fascinating backdrop of this amiable book.

As is revealed here, the Piedmont's agricultural past shapes contemporary values and attitudes. Family, hospitality, conservatism, individuality, and an acceptance of slower pace typify the foothills culture in the western region of the Carolinas. They foster traits that color the folklore, the foodways, the domestic architecture.

Proliferating in this region of American Southeast are many of the verbal and social characteristics that outsiders pronounce to be distinctively "southern" -the southern accent in its many variations, family reunions, flea-market shopping, camp meetings, and revivals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604739084
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Piedmont Region 3
2 Regional Economy 15
3 Contemporary Social Groups 33
4 General Social and Cultural Values of Piedmont Folk 46
5 Folk Speech 61
6 Storytelling and Verbal Artistry 74
7 Customary Beliefs 93
8 Social Gatherings and Activities 105
9 Games and Recreations 125
10 Religion and Religious Ceremonies 145
11 Foods and Food Traditions 159
12 Traditional Occupational Culture 181
13 Material Culture 201
14 Synthesis 219
Informant Biographies 227
Bibliographical Essay 231
Index 263
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