In this Book

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To make a living here, one had to be capable, confident, clever and inventive, know a lot about survival, be able to fashion and repair tools, navigate a boat, fell a tree, treat a snakebite, make a meal from whatever was handy without asking too many questions about it, and get along with folks.

 

This fascinating and instructive book is the careful and unpretentious account of a man who was artful in all the skills needed to survive and raise a family in an area where most people would be lost or helpless. Smith’s story is an important record of a way of life beginning to disappear, a loss not fully yet realized. We are lucky to have a work that is both instructive and warm-hearted and that preserves so much hard-won knowledge.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Gone to the Swamp
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. The Skin Game
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. The Public Timber Inspector
  2. pp. 19-28
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  1. Oxen and the Men Who Drove Them
  2. pp. 29-41
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  1. High Water Logging
  2. pp. 42-47
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  1. Rafting and Loading Gunboats
  2. pp. 48-53
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  1. Work of the Blacksmith
  2. pp. 54-58
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  1. A Personal Note
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Work of the Sawyer
  2. pp. 61-65
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  1. Camp Life
  2. pp. 66-73
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  1. Night Rafting
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. Kingfisher
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. The Yupon
  2. pp. 81-85
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  1. Aunt Violet Boston
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. River Tale
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. Wildcats
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Lost in the Swamp
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Fear Strikes the Bend
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. Swamp Tale
  2. pp. 98-101
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  1. The Kennedy Mills
  2. pp. 102-108
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  1. Sawmill Tales
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Sawmill Tales Continued
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. Logging in Blakeley Battleground
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. Mechanized Logging
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. Flatboats
  2. pp. 131-145
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  1. Stockton Boat Ways
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. Latter Day Watermen
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Latter Day Pullboating
  2. pp. 151-153
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  1. The Last Watermen
  2. pp. 154-158
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  1. Other Swamp Stories
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Recovery of a Union Mortar in the Delta
  2. pp. 163-169
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  1. Famous Trees
  2. pp. 170-181
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  1. Oil in the Delta
  2. pp. 182-184
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  1. Hubbard Landing
  2. pp. 185-197
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  1. An Alabama State Treasure
  2. pp. 198-205
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  1. The Old Ways
  2. pp. 206-214
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  1. County Surveyor
  2. pp. 215-216
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  1. Hunting Camp Life
  2. pp. 234-235
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  1. The McGowan Compass
  2. pp. 219-221
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  1. Dixie Landing
  2. pp. 222-229
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  1. The Art and Practice of Hollering
  2. pp. 230-232
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  1. United States Reserve Fleet
  2. pp. 233-237
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  1. Delta Elementary School
  2. pp. 238-240
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  1. How to Build a Double Ender
  2. pp. 241-247
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  1. Construction of a Flatboat
  2. pp. 248-252
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 253-273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817380694
Print ISBN
9780817354947
MARC Record
OCLC
567999084
Pages
273
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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