Cades Cove The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community 1818 1937

Cades Cove The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community 1818 1937[Read] ➲ Cades Cove The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community 1818 1937 By Durwood Dunn – Drawing on a rich trove of documents never before available to scholars the author sketches the early pioneers their daily lives their beliefs and their struggles to survive and prosper in this isolat Drawing on a rich trove The Life eBook ↠ of documents never before available to scholars the author sketches the early pioneers their daily lives their beliefs and their struggles to survive and prosper in this isolated mountain community now within the confines of the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkIn moving detail this book brings Cades Cove Kindle - to life an isolated mountain community its struggle to survive and the tragedy of its demise. my sister recommended this book to me oh sister we live about 1 hour away from Cades Cove so we are familiar with the area There was enough here to keep you somewhat interested but for me they seriously skipped way too much of the fun stuff I want to hear about those folk remedies and folk tales and ghost stories but they were passed over the narrator was not the best I've ever listened to but I don't think I could've read this book by the end I was really upset with what happened and how the cades cove community was lied to sure it's beautiful but so is all the surrounding area they could've left them alone A good history of one community in the Smokies that refutes a lot of the stereotypes about Appalachia Have to love books that make you keep a dictionary on hand as you come across atypical words This book is nonfiction and is fairly informative about this area Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of life in this region with plenty of other works cited for further explorations Strictly based on primary materials land transfers court records journals church notes and so on this great work tells the history of a small community without bias or inference It takes to task the myths and romantic fables spread as journalism and ethnography in the early part of the Twentieth Century by writers like Mary Noailles Murfree of isolated back country hicks This community was destroyed by eminent domain in the Thirties to make way for the Great Smokies National Park Dunn provides documentation throughout of a community thoroughly in step with the mainstream of American life culture and even economy but to better tell the story of a hardy isolated pioneer enclave all the modern homesteads were destroyed by the Park Service and only those primitive cabins which evoke the hardship of rural life were left standing I started this three days ago and I'm half done Reads fast for a detailed non fiction accounting of the start and stop of white settlement of Cades Cove Lots of evidence and references Balanced intellegent anaylsis of factors Good pictures too Geographically there's a reason Cades Cove is so special For anyone who enjoys learning about historical geography this is a good read I did not know that the entire region multiple states suffered economic depression for nearly 30 years after the civil war This very academic history book reads like a novel I really enjoyed this book and learned a tremendous amount about the Cade's Cove settlement I wish all historians wrote with a style similar to Dunn History doesn't have to be a chore to read I bought this book about a year ago at the Smoky Mountains National Park Though we didn't go to Cades Cove that day I had been there 20 some years prior Parts of the book were a little too text booky but I really enjoyed the family stories I also found it interesting that the civil war divided the Cove somewhat though the residents were mostly pro UnionMuch substantive the crux on which the entire folk culture rested was the intimate knowledge of one another which the community shared It began with the genealogical data all the known relatives living and dead parents grandparents aunts uncles cousins and so on of any single resident was common knowledge freuently recited to all members of the community In such a close knit society secrets concerning one's personal life or family were practically impossible to keep and an attempt to conceal any major event was interpreted in the worst possible light as both an obvious indication of guilt and an affront to and rejection of the entire community Individuals might forgive one another such omissions readily enough in Christian charity but the collective folk mind seldom forgave or forgot 148In a sense the cove was actually one large extended family bound together by myriad ties of both kinship and a common past 179Old age did not relieve woman of many of their traditional household chores Long after their children were grown and gone and their husbands forced by old age to leave the bulk of their farm labor to younger men most women continued to work unassisted at these same tasks until their death 185 In response to Horace Kephart Our Southern Highlanders 1913 Dunn argues that leadership and the sense of community was strong in Cades Cove and that development there was not idiosyncratic but followed regional patterns The chaos that accompanied the Civil War proved to be a watershed that burned “diversity and innovation” from the Cove 145 Yet even so family life in the Cove at the beginning of the 20th century “was largely indistinguishable from that of other rural Tennesseans” 200Although the book is well researched and nicely written the chapters seem to have been composed independently which results in some repetition Also a better acuaintance with the history of American religion would have limited the author’s surprise that progressivism and religious fundamentalism once walked hand in hand After a visit to the Great Smokies National Park I expressed an interest in learning about Cades Cove so my father in law bought this for me I did learn a lot about it so goal achieved but this book struggles in that it can't decided what it is Is it an academic work a cultural history or a bunch of good stories about a fascinating little corner of America? It's at its best when it tries to do the latter two; as an academic work it is dry as dust The worst chapter in this regard was covered the language where it described in abstract the colorful sayings and vocabulary of the region without single example Not one Why would you even do that?Anyway I suspect better histories of Cades Cove exist I hope so The place deserves better Cades Cove is one of my favorite places to visit I really enjoyed learning about its history It's so sad though to think of the people who lost their whole community