People of the Upper Cumberland: Achievements and Contradictions

People of the Upper Cumberland: Achievements and Contradictions

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621903710
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Edition description: 1st Edition
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael E. Birdwell is a professor of history at Tennessee Technological University and the author of several books, including Celluloid Soldiers: Warner Bros.’s Campaign against Nazism and Rural Life and Culture of the Upper Cumberland.

W. Calvin Dickinson is a professor emeritus of history at Tennessee Technological University. He is the author and editor of several books, including Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee and Tennessee: State of the Nation, now in its second edition.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Michael E. Birdwell W. Calvin Dickinson xvii

Regional Overview

1 An Enigmatic Tale; American Indians in Tennessee's Upper Cumberland Randal Williams 3

2 "Hard Way to Make a Living": Life and Leisure on the Cumberland River Michael Allen 27

3 "A Woman's Work is Never Done": Women's Achievements in the Upper Cumberland Ann Toplovich 53

Politicians and Politics

4 Republican Redoubt: The Politics of Kentucky's Upper Cumberland Al Cross David Cross 81

5 Sons of the Cumberland: Early Careers of Cordell Hull and John Gore Mark Dudney 103

6 "Moderation in All Things": Joe L. Evins's Middle-of-the-Road Politics for Progress, People, and Public Service Mary A. Evins 121

Lawyers and Law Breakers

7 "One of the Best-Hated Men of His Day": John Catron, The Upper Cumberland's First Supreme Court Justice Michael E. Birdwell John Nisbet III 149

8 A Legacy of Blood: The Legend of Champ Ferguson Tray D. Smith 181

9 "There's a Lot of Nourishment in an Acre of Corn": Upper Cumberland Moonshine Michael E. Birdwell 203

Medical Men and Women

10 To Find a Cure: The Practice of Folk Medicine in the Upper Cumberland Opless Walker 237

11 Battling Ignorance and Superstition: Early Upper Cumberland Medical Professionals Janey Dudney W. Calvin Dickinson 259

12 "To Help Bring Health to this Mountain": Dr. May Cravath Wharton W. Calvin Dickinson 283

African Americans and Race Relations

13 Little Known Voices: African American Contributions to the Upper Cumberland Wali R. Kharif 305

14 Sorrow Songs: How Music Made Brothers of J. Robert Bradley and Charles Faulkner Bryan Laura Clemons 325

15 "As Long as Your Money is Green": John's Place and Race Relations in the Upper Cumberland Michael E. Birdwell 349

Bibliography 375

Contributors 405

Index 409

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