People of the Upper Cumberland : achievements and contradictions / edited by Michael E. Birdwell and W. Calvin Dickinson.

Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, 2015.
xxi, 434 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
First edition.

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Cumberland River Valley (Ky. and Tenn.) -- History.
Cumberland River Valley (Ky. and Tenn.) -- Social life and customs.
Cumberland River Valley (Ky. and Tenn.) -- Social conditions.
Cumberland River Valley (Ky. and Tenn.) -- Biography.
Manners and customs.
Social conditions.
United States -- Cumberland River Valley.
"Unified by geography and themes of tradition and progress, the essays in this anthology present a complex view of the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee and Kentucky--a remote and, in some ways, mysterious region--and its people. The distinguished contributors cover everything from early folk medicine practices (Opless Walker), to the changing roles of women in the Upper Cumberland (Ann Toplovich), to rarely discussed African American lifeways in the area (Wali R. Kharif). The result is an astonishingly fresh contribution to studies of the Upper Cumberland area. Randall D. Williams's essay on the relatively unknown history of American Indians in the region opens the collection, followed by Michael Allen's history of boating and river professions on the Cumberland River. Al Cross and David Cross illuminate the Republican politics of the Kentucky section of the Upper Cumberland, while Mark Dudney provides a first-of-its-kind look at the early careers of distinguished Tennesseans Cordell Hull and John Gore. Equally fresh is Mary A. Evins's examination of the career of Congressman Joe L. Evins, and coeditor Michael E. Birdwell and John B. Nisbet III contribute an in-depth piece on John Catron, the Upper Cumberland's first Supreme Court justice. Troy D. Smith's essay on Champ Ferguson sheds new light on the Confederate guerilla. Birdwell's second contribution, an exploration of the history of moonshine, provides insight into a venerable Cumberland tradition. Pairing well with Walker's essay, Janey Dudney and coeditor W. Calvin Dickinson discuss the superstitions faced by early Upper Cumberland medical professionals. Closing out the grouping of medical articles is Dickinson's second chapter, which tells the story of Dr. May Cravath Wharton and her contribution to the region's health care. Laura Clemons explores the relationship between composer Charles Faulkner Bryan and his gifted African American pupil J. Robert Bradley during the Jim Crow era. Birdwell's third chapter and the collection's final essay examines race relations in the Upper Cumberland. Offering a broad look at one of the most understudied regions of the Volunteer State, this significant addition to Tennessee history will prove insightful for students and academics with interdisciplinary and cross-historical interests"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references(pages 375-404) and index.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
Birdwell, Michael E., 1957-
Dickinson, W. Calvin.
Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
1621901092 (hardback : alkaline paper)
9781621901099 (hardback : alkaline paper)
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