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By Allen Batteau

During this selection of fourteen essays, students of Appalachian tradition and society study how the folks take care of and adapt to the pressures of swap thrust upon them. Appalachia and America will entice a huge variety of individuals attracted to the southern mountains or within the coverage problems with social welfare. It bargains cogently with the latest kind of clash affecting not just groups in Appalachia, yet city and rural groups in the USA at large―the fight for neighborhood values and methods of existence within the face of far-off and robust bureaucracies.

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And when we scrubbed our floorr--we didn't have rugs of any kind-and when we scrubbed our floors, we beat up the whitest sand rocks. That was a day's work for the children to take a hammer and beat up all that sand, if you were going to scrub the next day. After we had rinsed it all off-scrub it and rinse it all off-then we would sprinkle that sand over it and let it lay on there until it dried, then sweep it off and it was just as white and smelled so good and fresh. 21 A well-scrubbed floor was said to look as if it had a coat of wax (and it also kept the spring fleas down).

21. Interview with Mary Sparkman, Pippa Passes, Kentucky, 5 November 1979. 22. Interview with Paul Slone, Hollybush, Kentucky, 17 February 1980. 23. Interview with Irene Slone, Pippa Passes, Kentucky, 16 November 1979. FAMILY GROUP ORGANIZATION IN A CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD F. CARLENE BRYANT THE "top of the mountain," 1 a small rural neighborhood in which I conducted research in 1974-75 and the summer of 1976, comprises fifty-one households situated on and about three ledges or "flats" near the summit of one of the Cumberland Mountains in East Tennessee.

One woman put a picture of a car in the middle of her wall and recalled that "my sisters laughed at me, made a joke about it because I kept this car in my bedroom on the wall. I don't know why I did it unless it was just 22 CHARLES E. " 15 At a later date she mentioned she used cars because they represented the means to get to all the places, particularly the cities, she wanted to see. 16 With magazines, as well as catalogs, there was some segregation by subject matter. Pictures of food were pasted on the walls where the family ate and recipes were near the stove, visually reinforcing spatial function.

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