Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I offer my sincere thanks to my colleagues at Appalachian State University who so kindly supported and encouraged me in this pursuit. The W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection has provided most of the resources cited in this book. Many of them would have remained undiscovered without the gracious ...

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Editorial Method

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pp. xi-xiii

Olive Dame Campbell’s original diary of the pioneering trip that she and her husband made through the Southern Highlands in the fall of 1908 and the early months of 1909 is in the John Charles and Olive D. Campbell Papers in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

Olive Dame Campbell is generally remembered as the founder of the John C. Campbell Folk School or as a ballad collector—a “songcatcher”—but she also played a key role as a social reformer at the turn of the century in Appalachia. ...

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1. October 1908: Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia

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pp. 15-40

The beginning could hardly have been made under more favorable conditions. Mr. Glenn, head of a new organization with untraveled ways to chart, was ready for experiment. Conscious of the full weight of his responsibility, he yet placed great reliance on the personality of the worker. ...

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2. November 1908: Tennessee and Kentucky

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pp. 41-84

John was insatiable. He pushed travel as fast as he could and let no op- portunity slide for gathering new information. From my diary one may pick almost at random a characteristic series of days. For example, from Novem- ber 7 to November 11 we were travelling by buggy—John driving—over the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee to Pleasant Hill, ...

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3. December 1908: Kentucky

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pp. 85-128

Hindman was probably the first mountain school to appreciate fully the na- tive culture of the mountains, to use the old handmade things, and to try to preserve the crafts themselves. They also used native shrubs and “pretties,” such as gourds, hornets’ nests, vines and berries. The “Big House” made a great impression on us, as indeed did the fund of information passed on to us by Miss Pettit and Miss Stone. ...

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4. January 1909: Kentucky and Tennessee

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pp. 129-164

Whatever its drawbacks, riding horseback over rough mountain country was usually to be preferred to going by jolt wagon, especially in winter. We had a trunk to transport, however, and so by wagon on a cold but brilliant January 1, 1909, we left Hindman via the regular Eastern route to Beaver Creek on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. ...

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5. February 1909: Tennessee

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pp. 165-206

The next day [February 3] we visited the school, about forty pupils present, with an enrollment of under fifty. The public school was now closed; it had a six month term and enrollment of sixty. The Webbs and the teachers had quite different ideas as to the work, and there was no real cooperation between them ...

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6. March 1909: North Carolina

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pp. 207-228

Full of information we got off on Monday, March 15th, with the affec- tionate farewells of all the household, the girls waving from the windows. Even at the station John had a hasty last interview with the Superintendent of Southern Presbyterian work, Mr. P. S. Smith. Then Dr. Winston joined us just in time to catch the 3:35 p.m. train to Waynesville, ...

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Appendix: Publications by Olive Dame Campbell

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pp. 229-230

Glossary

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pp. 231-234

Notes

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pp. 235-274

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 275-280

Index

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pp. 281-294