Vermonters: Oral Histories from Down Country to the Northeast Kingdom

Vermonters: Oral Histories from Down Country to the Northeast Kingdom

by Ron Strickland
     
 
Author Ron Strickland captures the essential Yankee voice in a collection of rich reminiscences. Warm, wonderfully entertaining accounts by a general store proprietor, a basket weaver, a town "gadfly", a gravedigger, and 34 others reveal how time-honored traditions are carried on in Vermont in spite of the inroads of the 20th century. 30 illustrations.

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Author Ron Strickland captures the essential Yankee voice in a collection of rich reminiscences. Warm, wonderfully entertaining accounts by a general store proprietor, a basket weaver, a town "gadfly", a gravedigger, and 34 others reveal how time-honored traditions are carried on in Vermont in spite of the inroads of the 20th century. 30 illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strickland (Going the Distance: The Pacific Northwest Trail interviewed 39 Vermonters who talk about themselves and the way things used to be (and in some parts of the state still are). Agnes Deering, postmistress and poet of Guildhall, always has something to say to her customers (``They pay my salary, don't they?''), and her ode to dandelions is included here. Wilma Farman of Lyndonville once taught in a one-room schoolhouse and thinks children are better off learning in one room. William Godfrey, an auctioneer from Ely whose auction style people could understand, is considered by the author to be ``the ideal portrait of a Vermonter.'' Other subjects are loggers, storytellers, a doctor, a basketmaker and the governor. The photographs are warm and funny. Perhaps the only flaw is that Strickland is a ``flatlander'' (someone from out of state). But who else except an outsider would dare think he could write about proud, independent Vermonters? (November)
Here are the logger and auctioneer, the rural schoolteacher, the country doctor, the quilter, the beekeeper, the dairyman, the sugarmaker, the ice fisherman, the horse trader, the dowser, and many others . . . With warmth and humor they communicate their personal delight in what they do.
Library Journal
Although conjuring up the traditional Vermont, this oral history also reminds us that it is on the way out, as many contributors are either newcomers at odds with the typical Vermonter or oldtimers lamenting the passage of old ways. Strickland, author of River Pigs and Cayuses: oral histories from the Pacific Northwest , reveals change through his 38 subjects (there is a Socialist mayor in Burlington and a foreign-born woman governor), compassion for animals, and the independence of Vermonters. From adventurers to violinmakers, the author provides an introduction, then lets the people speak for themselves. Unfortunately, many of the more interesting subjects lack photos. A glossary explains folksy terms. Regional in interest. Roger W. Fromm, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Terkel, Studs. Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874518672
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
07/01/1998
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

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