The Southern Highlander and His Homeland

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Overview

" In 1908 John C. Campbell was commissioned by the Russell Sage Foundation to conduct a survey of conditions in Appalachia and the aid work being done in these areas to create "the central repository of data concerning conditions in the mountains to which workers in the field might turn." Originally published in 1921, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland details Campbell's experiences and findings during his travels in the region, observing unique aspects of mountain communities such as their religion, family life, and forms of entertainment. Campbell's landmark work paved the way for folk schools, agricultural cooperatives, handicraft guilds, the frontier nursing service, better roads, and a sense of pride in mountain life -- the very roots of Appalachian preservation.

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"More than 90 years after its initial publication... it is distressing to discover just how many of Campbell's observations still ring true." -- Lexington Herald-Leader

"One of the most enduring works of folklore of the Appalachian region." -- Western Folklore

""An Appalachian studies classic.... It's republication gives us the opportunity to reengage with this classic, in the context of 1921 and in that of our changed Appalachia." -- Journal of Appalachian Studies" --

"Campbell's landmark work paved the way for folk schools, agricultural cooperatives, handicraft guilds, the frontier nursing service, better roads, and a sense of pride in mountain life - the very roots of Appalachian preservation. More than 90 years after its initial publication... it is distressing to discover just how many of Campbell's observations still ring true. -- Lexington Herald-Leader" -- Pointsville Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190785
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,436,339
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
A New Foreword
Preface to the original edition
Foreword to the original edition
Introduction
I More or Less Personal 1
II The Southern Highlands and the Southern Highlander Defined 8
III Pioneer Routes of Travel and Early Settlements 22
IV Ancestry 50
V The Present Highland Population 72
VI Individualism in Various Aspects 90
VII The Rural Highlander at Home 123
VIII The Growth of Denominationalism in the Highlands 152
IX The Religious Life of the Rural Highlands 176
X Living Conditions and Health 195
XI Resources of the Mountain Country and their Development 226
XII Education 260
XIII Avenues for Contact and Progress 299
XIV The New Basis of Appeal 323
App. A Regional Descriptions of State Mountain Areas 335
App. B A Misapplied Theory of Mountain Origin 349
App. C Boone's Trial 352
App. D Historical Estimates of the Scotch-Irish and Germans in the United States in 1775 355
App. E Statistical Tables 360
Bibliography 375
Index 391
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