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The spirit of the mountains

Author: Emma Bell Miles
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1975]
Series: Tennesseana editions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : A facsimile ed.View all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emma Bell Miles
ISBN: 0870491814 9780870491818
OCLC Number: 1527502
Notes: Reprint of the 1905 ed. published by J. Pott, New York.
Includes index.
Description: xxxv, 205 pages, [6] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The log church school: describing a typical school in the mountains, and a few of the children attending --
Cabin homes: showing the daily life, the primitive habits and customs of the mountaineers --
Grandmother and sons: sketch of an old coule and of a young one. A study of relations between man and woman, showing incidentally the preculiar respect accorded to old women --
Neighbors: A study of relations between man and man. Simplicity of social laws; absence of class distinction. Feuds due to the clan spirit --
The savage strain: Their peculiarities partly accounted for by the long association with the Cherokee. Story of a lost mine, illustrating some singular characteristics --
Supernatural: ghost tales, witch tales, signs and omens-and the moon! --
The old-time religion: Character sketch of a mountain preacher and his work. Description of foot-washing, baptizing and kindred ceremonies. Then the deeper side-the principles underlying the mountaineer's beliefs and habits of thought --
Some real American music: Folk-song; religious music: the fiddle, the banjo, and the dance. Influence of old ballads on native composition --
The literature of a wolf-race: The vernacular a true dialect. Native rhymes, tales, hymns, and proverbs. The mountaineer's Mother Goose. Tendencies and possible development of this literature --
Conclusion: Influence of contact with civilization on the mountaineers. What ought to be done about it:-some practical suggestions for the development of this people:-how to help them in the right way.
Series Title: Tennesseana editions.
Responsibility: by Emma Bell Miles.

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