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Tar Heel Ghosts

by John W. Harden Sr. The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

An amazing assortment of twenty-three stories and ten "short shorts" comprise this popular selection. More than merely entertaining, Tar Heel Ghosts captures the "spirit" of North Carolina's past.

North Carolina's...


All That Is Native and Fine

by David E. Whisnant The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

In the American imagination, "Appalachia" designates more than a geographical region. It evokes fiddle tunes, patchwork quilts, split-rail fences, and all the other artifacts that decorate a cherished romantic...


Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

by Fred C. Fussell & Steve Kruger The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2018)

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are performed and celebrated as nowhere else in America. This guide puts readers on the trail to discover...


Torching the Fink Books and Other Essays on Vernacular Culture

by Archie Green The University of North Carolina Press (November 25, 2002)

Archie Green--shipwright, folklorist, teacher, and lobbyist--was a legendary figure in the field of American folklore and vernacular culture studies. An inspiration to a generation of students and scholars,...


Decoration Day in the Mountains

by Alan Jabbour & Karen Singer Jabbour The University of North Carolina Press (May 31, 2010)

Decoration Day is a late spring or summer tradition that involves cleaning a community cemetery, decorating it with flowers, holding a religious service in the cemetery, and having dinner on the ground. These...


Linthead Stomp

by Patrick Huber The University of North Carolina Press (October 20, 2008)

Contrary to popular belief, the roots of American country music do not lie solely on southern farms or in mountain hollows. Rather, much of this music recorded before World War II emerged from the bustling cities...


The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

by Glenn Hinson & William Ferris The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2010)

Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The...


A Foxfire Christmas

by Eliot Wigginton & Bobby Ann Starnes The University of North Carolina Press (February 15, 2010)

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This captivating book of recollections celebrates the holiday traditions of Appalachian families as passed from one generation to the next. Based on Foxfire students' interviews with neighbors...


Lydia Cabrera and the Construction of an Afro-Cuban Cultural Identity

by Edna M. Rodríguez-Plate The University of North Carolina Press (November 16, 2005)

Lydia Cabrera (1900-1991), an upper-class white Cuban intellectual, spent many years traveling through Cuba collecting oral histories, stories, and music from Cubans of African descent. Her work is commonly...


Christmas in Germany

by Joe Perry The University of North Carolina Press (September 27, 2010)

For poets, priests, and politicians--and especially ordinary Germans--in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the image of the loving nuclear family gathered around the Christmas tree symbolized the unity...


A Tree Accurst

by Daniel W. Patterson The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2003)

On a wintry night in 1831, a man named Charlie Silver was murdered with an axe and his body burned in a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. His young wife, Frankie Silver, was tried and hanged for the...


The True Image

by Daniel W. Patterson The University of North Carolina Press (October 08, 2012)

A thousand unique gravestones cluster around old Presbyterian churches in the piedmont of the two Carolinas and in central Pennsylvania. Most are the vulnerable legacy of three generations of the Bigham family,...


Little Zion

by Shelly O'Foran The University of North Carolina Press (January 05, 2009)

The arson attacks in early 2006 on a number of small Baptist churches in rural Alabama recalled the rash of burnings at dozens of predominantly black houses of worship in the South during the mid-1990s. One...


The Devil's Tramping Ground and Other North Carolina Mystery Stories

by John W. Harden Sr. The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

From the first colonization at Roanoke Island, the bizarre and inexplicable have shrouded the Tar Heel State. From history and legend, John Harden records ominous events that have shaped or colored state history....


Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

by Fred C. Fussell & Steve Kruger The University of North Carolina Press (April 22, 2013)

The music and dance traditions of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains are legendary. Residents continue a musical heritage that stretches back many generations. In this lively guidebook, noted folklorist Fred...


Swinging in Place

by Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

The front porch evokes cherished memories from across a lifetime for many southerners--recollections of childhood games, courtship, family visits, gossip with neighbors. In this book, Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon...


The Faces of the Gods

by Leslie G. Desmangles The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Vodou, the folk religion of Haiti, is a by-product of the contact between Roman Catholicism and African and Amerindian traditional religions. In this book, Leslie Desmangles analyzes the mythology and rituals...


Ethnomimesis

by Robert S. Cantwell The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Wide-ranging and provocative, this book will fascinate all those intrigued by how we create and perpetuate our representations of folklife and culture. Ethnomimesis is Robert Cantwell's word for the process...


Come Go Home with Me

by Sheila Kay Adams The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Sheila Adams has been performing Appalachian ballads and telling stories for over twenty years. A native of Madison County, North Carolina, she was introduced to the tale-telling tradition by her great-aunt...


The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales

by Anne Shelby The University of North Carolina Press (November 04, 2009)

Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world.

Many of...