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In 1908 and 1909, noted social reformer and "songcatcher" Olive Dame Campbell traveled with her husband, John C. Campbell, through the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia to survey the social and economic conditions in mountain communities. Throughout the journey, Olive kept a detailed diary offering a vivid, entertaining, and personal account of the places the coupleIn 1908 and 1909, noted social reformer and "songcatcher" Olive Dame Campbell traveled with her husband, John C. Campbell, through the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia to survey the social and economic conditions in mountain communities. Throughout the journey, Olive kept a detailed diary offering a vivid, entertaining, and personal account of the places the couple visited, the people they met, and the mountain cultures they encountered. Although John C. Campbell's book, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland, is cited by nearly every scholar writing about the region, little has been published about the Campbells themselves and their role in the sociological, educational, and cultural history of Appalachia. In this critical edition, Elizabeth McCutchen Williams makes Olive's diary widely accessible to scholars and students for the first time. Appalachian Travels only offers an invaluable account of mountain society at the turn of the twentieth century....

Title : Appalachian Travels: The Diary of Olive Dame Campbell
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ISBN : 9780813136448
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 294 Pages
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  • Joyce
    2018-12-15 05:59

    For anyone interested in Ap.palachian culture and history, this publication of Olive Dame Campbell's diary about her travels in Southern Appalachia is a gold mine of insights into the beauty and sordid squalor of Appalachia as the famous philanthropist and ballad collector saw it. The book reiterates all of the stereotypes we try to reject today about Appalachians of the past and present. We can hardly go along with the current trend of ignoring those old stereotypes; however, we can hardly be sure that the venerable Olive Dame Campbell is herself a completely reliable witness. Thus the book will be the subject of carefull study both for the realities it presents of the Southern Appalachian Campbell traversed and for the attitudes of Campbell and her well-intentioned associates and their own attempts to categorize and separate the people they're trying to help.