The Kentucky Highlanders from a Native Mountaineer's Viewpoint

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J. L. Richardson, 1913 - Appalachians (People) - 44 pages

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Page 22 - ... and finally to have died a beggar. The particulars of the history, and all the important facts respecting their wealth, have been carefully collected by Boeckh (Public Economy of Athens, pp. 484, 485). See also Xenophon's Hellenica, IV.
Page 7 - His race had defied the Crown of Great Britain a hundred years from the caves and wilds of Scotland and Ireland, taught the English people how to slay a king and build a commonwealth, and, driven into exile into the wilderness of America, led our Revolution, peopled the hills of the South, and conquered the West.
Page 13 - States to the South-west, but they chanced to turn aside from the main stream, and ever since have stagnated in these mountain hollows. For example, over a hundred years ago eleven Combs brothers, related to General Combs, of the Revolutionary army, came over the mountains from North Carolina. Nine of them settled along the North Fork of the Kentucky river in the mountains of Perry county, one went further down the stream into the rough hill country of Breathitt County, and the...
Page 25 - d hev a bucket set full o' whisky an' a gourd, free fur all comers, an' another bucket alongside with water ter season it. An' the way that thar water lasted war surprisin,' — that it war ! Nowadays ye ain't goin' ter find liquor so plenty nowhar, 'cept mebbe at old Groundhog's still.
Page 20 - ... peremptorily forbids all condescension. Every man recognizes man's equality ; there are no different classes. The consequence is the prevalence of that democratic spirit which characterizes the mountains of Switzerland and Norway. In only one respect do the mountain people show marked moral degradation. There seems to be no higher standard of morality for the women than for the men, and for both it is low.
Page 41 - The mountain people are of fine mental capacity. A man of affairs and a deep student of character once said of them : 'They need only an introduction to civilization to prove themselves equal to any men in the world. I regard them as the finest rough material in the world, and one of them molded into available shape is worth to the world a dozen ordinary people.
Page 36 - ... mitts, their tribute to the conventions. The upland regions of all countries are the stronghold of religious faiths, because the conservatism there bred holds to the orthodox, while the impressive beauty and grandeur of the natural surroundings appeals to the spiritual in man. Such a religion, however, is likely to be elemental in character — intense as to feeling, tenacious of dogma, but exercising little or no influence on the morals of everyday life. This is the religion of the Kentucky...
Page 36 - God's time," indicated by the noon-mark traced with charcoal on the cabin door. A God-fearing man has the unlimited respect of every one in the mountains. A preacher is a privileged person. Wherever he goes he finds free board and lodging for himself and his horse, and his horse is always shod free. In that lawless country, a man who shoots a preacher is ever after an object of...
Page 23 - Whenever you see a great big overgrown buck sitting at the mouth of some holler, or at the forks of some road, with a big slouch hat on, a blue collar, a celluloid, artificial rose on his coat lapel, and a banjo strung across his breast, and a-pickin...
Page 19 - This is largely true, and is accounted for by the fact that their 137 position in the social caste of the mountains is a hard one, and a deplorable one, for the most part. First, race suicide is no question for the sociologist to struggle with in the mountains of Kentucky. Whether or no it is better to rear up a small family and do it well, or to rear up a large family badly, is no concern for the mountaineer. Most families in the mountains are large, some of them very large, ranging from a dozen...

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