Oral history and memoirs preserve much more than a single event. They record information about a time and a particular way of life. Buying a loaf of bread for a dime and a 25-pound bag of flour for a dollar, walking 9-1/2 miles in 5 hours, watching the Cove Creek gym (and several school buses) go up in flames - these are just a few of the tales related in this collection of oral and written histories. From boating to a finding a first job, from riding a pony to school to joining the Navy, this book contains dozens of memories gathered from the residents of western Watauga County, North Carolina. Concentrating primarily on the decades of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, these stories focus on the elements of everyday life in a mountain community. They deal with both traditional rural activities - such as berry picking, soap making, trading and bartering - and universal experiences such as school days and dating. The book includes a special section on the war experiences of Watauga County residents both at home and overseas. Contemporary photographs and an index are included.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 229 x 165 x 18 mm
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