Frankie Silvers, the first woman to be executed in North Carolina (in 1833 for killing her two-timing husband), is disappointing. Her observations about femaleheaded households, women's labor, and women slaveholders are hardly new, and her references to the ballad obscure rather than illuminate them. But this is a minor blemish on an otherwise excellent and welcome volume that offers a schematic but solidly researched overview of nineteenth-century Appalachian history. One can hope that other scholars will follow the lead and produce similar studies for parts of the region not adequately treated here. The present collection makes a powerful and cogent argument against continuing to think of Appalachia in exceptionalist terms as an isolated and unique, vaguely mountainous, homogeneously agricultural and rural enclave of premodern, culturally violence-prone, dangerously inbred white folks. "What Nature Suffers to Groe" life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-- 1920 By Mart A. Stewart University of Georgia Press, 1996 360 pp. Cloth, $45.00 Reviewed by Albert E. Cowdrey, adjunct professor of history at the University of New Orleans. If environmental history has one pervading characteristic, it is discontinuity. Cli- matic and geographical determinism are long dead, and generalizations to replace them are hard
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1998
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