Generations

Generations

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by John Egerton
     
 

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Burnam Ledford was born in the year that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and the United States celebrated its one hundredth birthday. He married Addie King the day after the Wright brothers flew through the air at Kitty Hawk. Burnam and Addie lived their lives in Kentucky, raised children, worked and matured and saw the world widen. John Egerton met them…  See more details below

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Burnam Ledford was born in the year that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and the United States celebrated its one hundredth birthday. He married Addie King the day after the Wright brothers flew through the air at Kitty Hawk. Burnam and Addie lived their lives in Kentucky, raised children, worked and matured and saw the world widen. John Egerton met them in 1977. He was looking for a family that he "could present to the reader as a metaphor for America." Burnam was 101 and Addie was 93 when they embarked on the extraordinary series of reminiscences that eventually enabled Egerton to delineate a family portrait embracing 250 years and nine generations.

The Ledfords felt history as a living chain to which they personally belonged. Generations offers that bond to the reader, with a vision -- both striking and poignant -- of this nation's human, historical riches.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671628338
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
09/22/1986
Series:
Touchstone Book Series
Edition description:
1st Touchstone ed
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.65(d)

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Generations: An American Family 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled onto this about my own relatives! Interestingly told I could imagine myself there fleeing from the indians! I wish you would contact the author for me, I'd be interested in hearing the tape recordings of my relative he interviewed for this.