Voices of the Apalachicola

Voices of the Apalachicola

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Voices of the Apalachicola

One of the main water resources for Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, the Apalachicola River begins where the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers meet at Lake Seminole and flow unimpeded for 106 miles, through the red hills and floodplains of the Florida panhandle into the Gulf of Mexico.

Voices of the Apalachicola is a collection of oral histories from more than thirty individuals who have lived out their entire lives in this region, including the last steamboat pilot on the river system, sharecroppers who escaped servitude, turpentine workers in Tate's Hell, sawyers of "old-as-Christ" cypress, beekeepers working the last large tupelo stand, and a Creek chief descended from a 200-year unbroken line of chiefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813028644
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Florida History and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps     ix
List of Figures     xi
Series Foreword     xiii
Preface: In Praise of Natural Wonders     xv
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction: Stories of Historic Change     1
Botanical Eden, Cultural Battleground     3
River Roots     10
Creek Chief Ramsey: Walking Softly in Two Worlds     11
Sakim: Muskogee Medicine Maker and Webmaster     22
Judge Taunton: "Robin Hood" Defender of Swamp Dwellers     29
From Steamboat "Elation" to Rail and Road     42
Tom Corley: Last Steamboat Pilot     45
John Hentz: Bristol Native, River Defender     55
Homer B. Hirt: Lured by Shipping     66
Alton Colvin: Navigation Channel Engineer     73
Fishing a Sandy River: "It Is Filled Up"     81
The Walkers: Catfish Trap Makers     84
James M. Barkuloo: Counting the Disappearing Fish     96
Jimmy Mosconis: Greek Fishing Heir     104
Oystering, Shrimping, Fishing, Sponging the Bay     111
Buddy Ward: Commercial Fishing Survivor     112
James Golden: Nothing but Net-Making     120
Davis Family: Saving the Resource for Someone Else     127
Capt. Joseph Barber: Aided Torpedoed Sailors     141
Mike Millender: Oyster Kid to Seafood Dealer     149
Joe Nichols: Suing to Retrieve a Livelihood     154
Woody Miley: Let's Not Love Our Resource to Death     156
Turpentine, Timber, and Restoring Tate's Hell     162
Neel Yent: Panther Flight Memories     167
Boncyle Land: Turpentine Stories     177
The Allens: Guarding a Turpentine Legend     183
Billy Kersey: Building Roads through Hell     188
Logging "Eternal Wood"     195
Don Ingram: Milling "Old-as-Christ" Cypress     196
Lewis Jamerson: River Swamp Forester     207
A System Rich in Scientific Treasures     217
Angus Gholson Speaks for the Torreya Trees     220
Marilyn Blackwell: River Warrior     229
King Cotton, Tupelo Gold, and Cracker Cattle     237
The Harrises: Jackson County Sharecroppers     238
L. L. Lanier: Honey Philosopher     247
Pearl Porter Marshall: Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter     256
River as Trade and Commerce Opportunity     263
Jimmie Nichols: Four-time Apalachicola Mayor     264
Edward Tolliver: From Poverty to First Black Mayor     273
Robert Howell: Paper Boy, Mayor, General     281
Kathleen Hays: Teacher, Gibson Inn Proprietor     288
Clifton Lewis: "High Cotton" Proprietor, "Walking Island" Matriarch     296
Notes     305
Glossary     309
Bibliography     313
Index     319

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