The Southern Highlander and His Homeland (Classic Reprint)
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It should be added that Mr. Campbell understood thoroughly the difficulties in the way of writing of a people who, while forming a definite geographical and racial group, were by no means socially homogeneous. Many statements applicable to the remote rural folk who were the particular object of his study were not true of their urban and valley kinsfolk, yet to differentiate groups in discussing phases of life common to all was not easy. Moreover, it was impossible usually to secure data on a strictly group basis. That misunderstandings would arise, however carefully he defined his groups or limited his discussion of them, he felt was inevitable, and deeply concerned as he was in the working together of all forces he questioned the advisability of publishing a book which might result in division rather than in union. Not until the last year of his life did he finally consent to edit, in the light of his many years of experience, his mass of notes and material for publi cation. I will not say that it was too late, for he was able to out line his book thoroughly and even to finish entirely certain por tions; but health long impaired by a life of many hardships and much sorrow failed rapidly, and death came before the manuscript could be completed.
Writing of Mr. Campbell, Warren H. Wilson, Director of the Church and Country Life Work of the Presbyterian Church and a widely known student of rural life, says.
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