A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver

A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver

by Daniel W. Patterson
     
 

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Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver

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From the Publisher
A landmark in folkloristic literature whose analytical strength draws power from collaborations among performers and scholars of expressive folk culture.

Western Folklore

Patterson's book moves the reader with skill and control through the details of events and personalities.

Southern Cultures

A fascinating book.

Altina Waller, University of Connecticut

Barre Toelken
This stunning work is a carefully researched and ethically solid examination of the ways in which regional folklore functions in the cultural construction of history, law, and gender.
Altina Waller
A Tree Accurst is a fascinating book—one that reveals much about oral history, the transmission of folklore, and the social history of Appalachia in the nineteenth century.
Southern Cultures
Patterson does a tremendous job in presenting a thorough and insightful look at the complex relationship between historical fact and the oral tradition.
North Carolina History Review
By intertwining historical event and present day account, Patterson reminds us that our understanding of history is always mediated by the sources through which we receive our knowledge of it and that, conversely, the scripts we accept as historical truth influence our own self-awareness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807848739
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/02/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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From the Publisher
A Tree Accurst is a landmark in folkloristic literature whose analytical strength draws power from collaborations among performers and scholars of expressive folk culture.—Western Folklore

A Tree Accurst is a fascinating book—one that reveals much about oral history, the transmission of folklore, and the social history of Appalachia in the nineteenth century.—Altina Waller, coeditor of Appalachia in the Making: The Mountain South in the Nineteenth Century

[Patterson] has done a masterful job of using folk sources. . . along with historical and legal facts in reexamining and retelling this tragic story.—Journal of Appalachian Studies

By intertwining historical event and present day account, Patterson reminds us that our understanding of history is always mediated by the sources through which we receive our knowledge of it and that, conversely, the scripts we accept as historical truth influence our own self-awareness.—North Carolina History Review

Patterson does a tremendous job in presenting a thorough and insightful look at the complex relationship between historical fact and the oral tradition. . . . Patterson's book moves the reader with skill and control through the details of events and personalities. . . . He handles the elements of McMillon's artistry in the craft of story building and story telling just as adeptly.—Southern Cultures

This stunning work is a carefully researched and ethically solid examination of the ways in which regional folklore functions in the cultural construction of history, law, and gender. It will be of interest—and importance—to folklorists, social historians, and anyone interested in the expressive, cultural aspects of law.—Barre Toelken, Utah State University

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