Kentucky Bluegrass Country

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Kentucky Bluegrass Country by R. Gerald Alvey

Horse breeding, the cultures of tobacco and bourbon, the forms of architecture, the codes of the hunt, the traditions of gambling and dueling, convivial celebrations, regional foodways-all of these are ingredients in the folklife of the Inner Bluegrass Region that is the focus of this fascinating book.

R. Gerald Alvey (retired) was a professor of folklore and ...

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Overview

Kentucky Bluegrass Country by R. Gerald Alvey

Horse breeding, the cultures of tobacco and bourbon, the forms of architecture, the codes of the hunt, the traditions of gambling and dueling, convivial celebrations, regional foodways-all of these are ingredients in the folklife of the Inner Bluegrass Region that is the focus of this fascinating book.

R. Gerald Alvey (retired) was a professor of folklore and English at the University of Kentucky.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878055449
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Series: Folklife in the South Series
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Lay of the Land, and the People Who Walk on It 1
1 Limestone, "Blue" Grass, Boone, and Folk Worldview 3
2 Demographics, Stereotypes, and the Formation of Bluegrass Culture 17
Pt. 2 Folk Patterns and Material Culture Forms on the Bluegrass Landscape 35
3 Fences 37
4 Antebellum Folk Houses 49
5 Postbellum Vernacular House Forms and Folk Patterns of Residence 71
6 The Bluegrass Gentleman Farm and Other Rural Folk Patterns 93
7 Mills, Taverns, and Churches on the Historic Bluegrass Landscape 103
Pt. 3 Blue-grass Folk Customs and Other Traditional Activities 125
8 Folk Traditions of the Bluegrass Horse World 127
9 Traditional Horse Farm Procedures 153
10 The Gaming Spirit 187
11 "Riding to Hound" 195
12 Guns, Rods and Reels, and Baited Fields 201
13 The Code Duello 215
14 Bourbon: Kentucky's "Hosesome Beverage" 223
15 Burley Tobacco: From Hand to Mouth 243
16 "Grease Spots in the Air," Lamb Fries, and Other Bluegrass Epicurean Delights 253
Afterword 285
Bibliographic Notes 289
Index 313
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