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Stars Fell on Alabama is truly a classic. The book enjoyed enormous popularity and notoriety when it was first published (it was a selection of The Literary Guild and also sold widely in Europe). It can be described as a book of folkways—not journalism, or history, or a novel. At times it is impressionistic; at other times it conveys deep insights into the character of Alabama. Carmer visited every region of the state, always accompanied by someone intimately familiar with the locality. The mosaic that emerges from the pages of his book portrays Alabama’s human landscape in all its variety, and it is a work essential to an understanding of Alabama and its culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Howell Raines
  3. pp. xi-xxii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Part I. Tuscaloosa Nights
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. I. I Arrive
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. II. Tuscaloosa
  2. pp. 11-17
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  1. III. Black Rituals
  2. pp. 18-27
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  1. IV. Flaming Cross
  2. pp. 28-32
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  1. Part II. In the Red Hills
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. I. Ladies Bow, Gents Know How
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. II. All-Day Singing
  2. pp. 49-57
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  1. III. Footwashing
  2. pp. 58-65
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  1. IV. Sweet William Came from the Western States
  2. pp. 66-73
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  1. V. Court Week
  2. pp. 74-78
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  1. VI. Birmingham
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. Part III. Black Belt
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. I. Greene County Rally
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. II. Big House
  2. pp. 93-105
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  1. III. Plaisant Pays de France
  2. pp. 106-111
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  1. IV. Front Gallery
  2. pp. 112-121
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  1. V. The Tombigbee Outlaws
  2. pp. 122-141
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  1. VI. God in the Canebrake
  2. pp. 142-158
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  1. VII. White Man's Nigger: I
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. VIII. Miss Polly
  2. pp. 169-175
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  1. IX. Brer Rabbit Multiplies
  2. pp. 176-183
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  1. X. Lynching
  2. pp. 184-192
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  1. Part IV. Conjure Country
  2. pp. 193-194
  1. I. Two-toe Tom
  2. pp. 195-203
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  1. II. A Good Man to Work For
  2. pp. 204-207
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  1. III. Processional
  2. pp. 208-211
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  1. IV. White Man's Nigger: II
  2. pp. 212-214
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  1. V. Conjure Woman
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. VI. Reminiscence
  2. pp. 223-230
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  1. Part V. Mobile and the Bayou Country
  2. pp. 231-232
  1. I. Mobile
  2. pp. 233-241
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  1. II. Coq d'lnde
  2. pp. 242-245
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  1. III. Dauphin Island
  2. pp. 246-252
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  1. Part VI. Cajan
  2. pp. 253-254
  1. I. Citronelle
  2. pp. 255-263
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  1. II. The Hell-Raisin'
  2. pp. 264-266
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  1. III. Twilight of the Races
  2. pp. 267-269
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 270-272
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  1. From the Author's Note Book
  2. pp. 273-274
  1. Fiddlers' Tunes
  2. pp. 275-277
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  1. Quilt Patterns
  2. pp. 278-280
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  1. Mountain Superstitions
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Big House
  2. pp. 285-285
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  1. Negro Superstitions
  2. pp. 286-289
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  1. Vine and Olive Colony
  2. pp. 290-290
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  1. The Sims War
  2. pp. 291-291
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  1. Brer Rabbit Multiplies
  2. pp. 292-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817389987
Related ISBN
9780817310721
MARC Record
OCLC
914715047
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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