Regional/North Carolina and Southern U.S.
Regional/North Carolina and Southern U.S.
- Arts in Earnest: North Carolina FolklifeEdited by Daniel W. Patterson and Charles G. Zugg III
Arts in Earnest explores the unique folklife of North Carolina from ruddy ducks to pranks in the mill. Traversing from Murphy to Manteo, these fifteen essays demonstrate the importance of North Carolina’s continually changing folklife. From decoy carving along the coast, to the music of tobacco chants and the blues of the Piedmont, to the Jack tales of the mountains, Arts in Earnest reflects the story of a people negotiating their rapidly changing social and economic environment.
Personal interviews are an important element in the book. Laura Lee, an elderly black woman from Chatham County, describes the quilts she made from funeral flower ribbons; witnesses and friends each remember varying details of the Duke University football player who single-handedly vanquished a gang of would-be muggers; Clyde Jones leads a safari through his backyard, which is filled with animals made of wood and cement that represent nontraditional folk art; the songs and sermon of a Primitive Baptist service flow together as one—“it tills you up all over”; Durham bluesman Willie Trice, one of a handful of Durham musicians who recorded in the 1930s and early 1940s, remembers when the active tobacco warehouses offered ready audiences—“They’d tip us a heap of change to play some music”; and Goldsboro tobacco auctioneer H. L. “Speed” Riggs chants 460 words per minute, five to six times faster than a normal conversational rate.Book | Published in 1989DOI: 10.1215/9780822381617ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-1021-1ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-0943-7ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8161-7Daniel W. PattersonCharles G. Zugg III
- Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth LawrenceBy Elizabeth LawrenceEdited by Ann L. Armstrong and Lindie Wilson
In 1957, the revered garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence began a weekly column for the Charlotte Observer. This book presents 132 of the more than 700 pieces that she wrote for the Observer over fourteen years.Book | Published in 2007DOI: 10.1215/9780822389767ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-5776-6ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-3887-1ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8976-7Elizabeth LawrenceAnn L. ArmstrongLindie Wilson
- Black Business in the New South: A Social History of the NC Mutual Life Insurance CompanyBy Walter B. Weare
At the turn of the century, the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company became the "world's largest Negro business." Located in Durham, North Carolina, which was known as the "Black Wall Street of America," this business came to symbolize the ideas of racial progress, self-help, and solidarity in America. Walter B. Weare's social and intellectual history, originally published in 1973 (University of Illinois Press) and updated here to include a new introduction, still stands as the definitive history of black business in the New South. Drawing on a wide range of sources—including personal papers of the company's leaders and oral history interviews—Weare traces the company's story from its ideological roots in the eighteenth century to its economic success in the twentieth century.Book | Published in 1993DOI: 10.1215/9780822381785ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-1338-0ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8178-5Walter B. Weare
- Blues and Roots/Rue and Bluets: A Garland for the Southern AppalachiansBy Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams’s poetry has been described as brilliant, sensuous, lyrical, quirky, suave, vital, joyful, sardonic, melodious, passionate, alive, pyrotechnic. This new, much enlarged edition of Blues and Roots displays all of the above. Williams has tramped the Appalachian Trail for decades, botanizing, jotting down specimens of authentic American speech, graffiti, superstitions, and nostrums—always curious, alert, and affectionately attentive. Blues and Roots focuses on the linguistic horizon of Appalachia in lyrics of wonder and light, of wit and comic incongruity, in found poems of the speech of his mountain neighbors. Publishers Weekly said of the earlier edition, “One of the most beautiful and evocative tributes to the Appalachians and its people yet published.” Blues and Roots is a fine celebration; Wiliams is a joyful ringmaster.Book | Published in 1985DOI: 10.1215/9780822382959ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-0615-3ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-0614-6ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8295-9Jonathan WilliamsHerbert Liebowitz
- A Chancellor's Tale: Transforming Academic MedicineBy Ralph Snyderman
Former Chancellor of the Duke University Medical Center Dr. Ralph Snyderman reflects on his key role in instituting a series of changes that led the medical center to be internationally known for its academic medicine, initiatives in clinical research, genetics, and neurosciences, and the development of new health care models.Book | Published in 2016DOI: 10.1215/9780822373933ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-6185-5ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-7393-3Ralph Snyderman
- Durham County: A History of Durham County, North CarolinaBy Jean Bradley Anderson
This sweeping history of Durham County, North Carolina, extends from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth.Book | Published in 2011DOI: 10.1215/9780822394044ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-4983-9ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-9404-4Jean Bradley Anderson
- The Frank C. Brown Collection of NC Folklore: Vol. VII: Popular Beliefs and Superstitions from North Carolina, pt. 2Edited by Newman Ivey White and Wayland D. HandBook | Published in 1977DOI: 10.1215/9780822382867ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-0259-9ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8286-7Newman Ivey WhiteWayland D. Hand
- The Frank C. Brown Collection of NC Folklore: Vol. V: The Music of the Folk SongsEdited by Newman Ivey White and Jan Philip SchinhanBook | Published in 1977DOI: 10.1215/9780822382850ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-0257-5ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8285-0Newman Ivey WhiteJan Philip Schinhan
- From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South 1938–1980By Bruce J. SchulmanBook | Published in 2012DOI: 10.1215/9780822399964ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-1537-7ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-9996-4Bruce J. Schulman
- Guide to Liverworts of North CarolinaBy Marie L. HicksBook | Published in 2012DOI: 10.1215/9780822396888ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-1175-1ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-9688-8Marie L. Hicks