The Southern Highlander And His Homeland

The Southern Highlander And His Homeland

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by John C. Campbell
     
 

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the plight of Appalachians drew many eager ministers to the region. Young New Yorker John C. Campbell recognized that efforts to uplift inhabitants of the Southern Highlands overlooked their craftsmanship, folklore, and pride. In 1908, the Russell Sage Foundation commissioned Campbell to conduct a comprehensive study of Appalachia…  See more details below

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the plight of Appalachians drew many eager ministers to the region. Young New Yorker John C. Campbell recognized that efforts to uplift inhabitants of the Southern Highlands overlooked their craftsmanship, folklore, and pride. In 1908, the Russell Sage Foundation commissioned Campbell to conduct a comprehensive study of Appalachia. Campbell and his wife Olive Dame journeyed to central Alabama by covered wagon, and in four years they visited over seventy schools and churches and hundreds of homes, collecting facts, interviewing residents, and hearing the stories and ballads unique to the Southern Highlands.

Campbell immersed himself in the culture as friend and brother to the mountain people, developing relationships that would continue well beyond his original commission. Motivated by his own experience, Campbell sought to change the misconception that Appalachia was the "opposite" of America and fought to preserve its culture. Throughout his life, he continued to advocate for schools that would train mountain people in traditional skills, public health and sanitation, and a sustainable economy.

Originally published in 1921, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland provides a seminal understanding of a now diminished way of mountain life. Rare photographs, maps, and tables supplement Campbell's observations on kinship, religion, education, and living conditions in Appalachia and offer an invaluable portrait of Appalachian history and culture.

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ISBN-13:
2940025084358
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
966 KB

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