Burnam Ledford was born in the year that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and the United States celebrated its one hundredth birthday. He married Addie King the day after the Wright brothers flew through the air at Kitty Hawk. Burnam and Addie lived their lives in Kentucky, raised children, worked and matured and saw the world widen. John Egerton met them in 1977. He was looking for a family that he "could present to the reader as a metaphor for America." Burnam was 101 and Addie was 93 when they embarked on the extraordinary series of reminiscences that eventually enabled Egerton to delineate a family portrait embracing 250 years and nine generations.
The Ledfords felt history as a living chain to which they personally belonged. Generations offers that bond to the reader, with a vision -- both striking and poignant -- of this nation's human, historical riches.
|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Product dimensions:||6.27(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.92(d)|
Table of Contents
|1.||The Last Ones Left||14|
|2.||Curtis Burnam Ledford||21|
|3.||Addie King Ledford||29|
|4.||The Beginning: Aley and Betsy||34|
|5.||Aley's Story, 1789-1873||38|
|6.||Goodbye, Harlan County: Burnam, 1876-1903||61|
|7.||A Craving Woman: Addie, 1885-1903||80|
|8.||Tracing the Path of Aley||88|
|9.||At Home in Garrard County: Addie, 1903-1928||109|
|10.||Irons in the Fire: Burnam, 1903-1928||124|
|11.||A Nice Place for Old People||139|
|12.||Children of Burnam and Addie||149|
|13.||A Quieter Time: Burnam and Addie, 1928-1953||172|
|14.||The Scattered Seed: Grands and Great-Grands||185|
|15.||The Scattered Seed: More Grands and Great-Grands||203|
|16.||Harlan One More Time||214|
|17.||A Safe Harbor: Burnam and Addie, 1953-1978||233|
|18.||Waiting for April: Burnam and Addie, 1979-1982||245|
|The Family of Curtis Burnam Ledford and Addie King Ledford (February 1983)||261|
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Generations: An American Family based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I stumbled onto this about my own relatives! Interestingly told I could imagine myself there fleeing from the indians! I wish you would contact the author for me, I'd be interested in hearing the tape recordings of my relative he interviewed for this.