The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry

The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry

by Daniel W. Patterson
     
 

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True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry

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At first glance, this book documents an important legacy of artistically rendered gravestones in the Carolinas. . . But the book is much more and stands as a major contribution to material culture studies.—Simon Bronner, Journal of American Folklore

A well-written, delightfully vivid depiction of the history of Presbyterian funerary art. Historians, geographers, and lay people interested in family histories will find the book inviting and a rewarding read.— Journal of Southern Religion

Decades of intensive field work and digging into archives and little-used manuscripts have produced a book that not only examines the unique Bigham headstones made before and after the American Revolution, but a vanished pioneer culture.—Charlotte News & Observer

A signal contribution to the study of the Scotch Irish, the colonial backcountry, and the early South.—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Fascinating. . . . A valuable addition to libraries whose focus is on the art, history, and genealogy of this region.—ARLIS/NA

The culmination of decades of research, this volume not only examines the gravestone production of the family from a folk art perspective and identification of specific carvers, but also looks more deeply into what else can be gleaned from these objects. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and researchers/faculty; general readers.—Choice

The True Image may be the first comprehensive history book of an ethnic population that is based on the material culture of gravestones.—AGS Quarterly

This extraordinary book is a landmark in historical ethnography.—Alan Jabbour, Journal of Folklore Research

This book delves into the rich tradition of headstone-related iconography. . . . The symbology and inscriptions on these stone structures prove that they are as much works of art as they are portals back in time.—Art & Antiques

An immensely readable book and a work of intense research and scholarship.—Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society

Patterson must be commended for his meticulous research. His work illuminates the unknown history of these stonecutters while also illuminating an important and neglected component of Scots-Irish material culture.—Journal of Southern History

Patterson's loving attention to the stones and his remarkable use of primary documents to understand them create a history of life on the Carolina frontier that is, to use a pun, 'close to the ground' and true to the image.—North Carolina Historical Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807835678
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/08/2012
Series:
Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts
Edition description:
1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,271,646
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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Describes with clarity a great tradition, sets it in historical context, and accomplishes an historical ethnography of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Patterson has done a tremendous job in bringing this fascinating story and these important works of art to light.—Henry Glassie, Indiana University

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