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Shenandoah Valley Folklife

Bordered by the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley forms a natural corridor to the western parts of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Early American settlers followed ...

Mule Trader

By William R. Ferris
Foreword by Eudora Welty
Categories: Southern Studies
Series: Banner Books

Readers captivated by this book will be happy that Bill Ferris found Ray Lum and that he thought to turn on a tape recorder. Lum (1891-1977) was a mule skinner, a livestock trader, an auctioneer, and ...

Blue Ridge Folklife

In the years immediately preceding the founding of the American nation the Blue Ridge region, which stretches through large sections of Virginia and North Carolina and parts of surrounding states along ...

Wiregrass Country

Wiregrass (Aristida stricta) refers to a genus of flora that depends on fire ecology for germination. Although its growth is widespread from the Chesapeake Bay to the western brim of Texas, only one region ...

Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit

Everybody knows about community festivals that celebrate the good ol' days--events like Rattlesnake Roundup, Peanut Days, and Mule Day. Countless towns around the South stage them. They set aside one ...

Carolina Piedmont Country

For over a century, cotton production influenced the folklife of the Carolina Piedmont. In the wake of the reconstruction in the 1870s the Piedmont sprouted a number of industrial towns whose cotton mills ...

Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country

Creoles of Color are rightfully among the first families of southwestern Louisiana. Yet in both antebellum and postbellum periods they remained a people considered apart from the rest of the population. ...

Ozark Country

This study of folklife in the Ozarks surveys one of America’s most fascinating regions and shows its distinctive cultural imprint. The living heritage of Ozark country is detailed here beside the history ...

Great Smoky Mountains Folklife

The Great Smoky Mountains, at the border of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, are among the highest peaks of the southern Appalachian chain. Although this area shares much with the cultural ...