Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place (Hardback)Sudye Cauthen (author)
Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/03/2008
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This work is a moving meditation on what Florida has lost and still stands to lose "The Florida I love is perishing," says Sudye Cauthen. In "Southern Comforts", this fifth-generation Floridian blends memoir, oral history, and cultural geography to explore the "tensions between community and environment" in America today and her own ambivalence about Alachua, the place just north of Gainesville where she was born and reared. Cauthen raises a cry for all that is lost as Florida's, and America's, landscapes and traditions are replaced by interstates, condos, shopping malls, and the new way of life they represent. Part self-reflection, part meditation, and part social analysis, Cauthen's work threads through the stories of blacks, whites, and Native Americans - men and women - including her own family members. Through their words and hers, Cauthen explores northern Florida's unique history, culture, and geography while she seeks a greater understanding of herself and her surroundings. Cauthen's journey takes readers down dirt roads and city streets, to her people's tobacco fields and churches. She sifts sand at an archaeological dig for the lost Spanish mission of Santa Fe de Toloca, peers into an aboriginal grave, and everywhere marshals evidence for the primacy of place in determining who we are. One story takes us on a fox hunt; another reveals lingering racial problems. Permeating, the book is the ever-present menace of growth and development and what it holds for Cauthen's Florida.
Publisher: Center for American Places,US
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 753 g
Dimensions: 229 x 172 x 24 mm
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