Sisters, Seeds, & Cedars: Rediscovering Nineteenth-Century Life Through Correspondence from Rural Arkansas and Alabama

Sisters, Seeds, & Cedars: Rediscovering Nineteenth-Century Life Through Correspondence from Rural Arkansas and Alabama

by Sarah Fountain
     
 

History consists mainly of the milestones, the turning points of time. What are often lost in the fray are the details.
Thankfully for those who have a hunger for history, books like Sisters,
Seeds, and Cedars exist to fill in some of the gaps of history.
The book contains letters from two sisters, Cornelia and Clara. Originally from Alabama, Clara moves

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History consists mainly of the milestones, the turning points of time. What are often lost in the fray are the details.
Thankfully for those who have a hunger for history, books like Sisters,
Seeds, and Cedars exist to fill in some of the gaps of history.
The book contains letters from two sisters, Cornelia and Clara. Originally from Alabama, Clara moves on to Arkansas, while Cornelia stays where her roots are. Clara eventually puts down roots of her own, and the sisters' continue to converse through letter writing for their entire lives.
The letters span the generations and provide insight into everyday life between 1850-1928. Without them, it might not be known that "a dewlarkie is most likely a slang word of the period for a beau." The letters also provide details of the effects of the Civil War on the citizens of the South.
As the sisters recover from the war, they must adjust to their new lives,
filled with carpetbaggers and sharecroppers.
While it may be impossible to know all the details of history, letters that have survived and have been preserved in a book like Sisters, Seeds,
& Cedars paint a more complete picture of events that have shaped the world and families alike.
Sarah Moseley Fountain is a native Arkansan dedicated to Arkansas literature, history, and culture. She lives in Conway, Arkansas.

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The editor combed through some 1,000 letters to select letters involving a particular family and revealing character, personality, and a narrative, along with the specifics of 19th century life. The letters begin in 1850 with the correspondence between two school- age sisters and continue through the Civil War and into the 20th century, ending in 1928. Fountain's annotations define archaic words and terms and help with the continuity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780944436141
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1997
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 10.20(h) x 2.04(d)

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