Description : In 1969 after 20 years living in New York City, Engineer, Photographer & Educator William Henry Mackey, Jr. returned to the rural Georgia backwoods where he had been raised. During the 20 years since he had left, the South had undergone drastic changes, from the Civil Rights Era to the technological advances in farming techniques, yet at the same time it remained the same simple place where he had grown up. Mackey proceeded to photograph and interview friends, family and other residents of the area in an effort to document their history and recollections of an era that was fast fading under the onslaught of 'progress'. The result is a fascinating look into the legacy of rural Blacks in coastal Georgia and the political, technological and social changes they underwent during the century since the Emancipation Proclamation.
Description : Collects lyrics from blues recordings made by Black Americans and sold in Black communities following the war
Description : "The bobber won't bounce if it ain't in the water." This homespun adage and more like it were birthed in the hills of Tennessee, the lake country of West Virginia, and the backwoods of a place near you. Bestselling author Steve Chapman shares more than 70 of his favorite and distinctive quips, including: Sometimes you have to let your feet do the talkin' for your heart. Bad friends help you sow, but you do the reaping. Don't mistake love for stupidity. Garnered during his years as a traveling musician with a band and, later, with his family, each entertaining proverb is followed by a true story that reveals the down-home wisdom in action. Clever, insightful, and entertaining, these maxims will make you smile...and think a bit.
Description : Hailed as a classic in music studies when it was first published in 1977, Early Downhome Blues is a detailed look at traditional country blues artists and their work. Combining musical analysis and cultural history approaches, Titon examines the origins of downhome blues in African American society. He also explores what happened to the art form when the blues were commercially recorded and became part of the larger American culture. From forty-seven musical transcriptions, Titon derives a grammar of early downhome blues melody. His book is enriched with the recollections of blues performers, audience members, and those working in the recording industry. In a new afterword, Titon reflects on the genesis of this book in the blues revival of the 1960s and the politics of tourism in the current revival under way.
Description : Deborah Ronna Baker's The Porch Down Home chronicles the life of seventeen-year-old Avie and her sister, Cassie, who live in the Midwest with their beloved grandparents, Bigmomma and Bigdaddy. Avie and Cassie have been taught right from wrong by their young-at-heart grandparents, but that doesn't stop Avie from getting into mischief every once in a while, like the time she 'borrows' a stash of Bigdaddy's healing herb to use for her science project. But Bigdaddy will soon be thankful, for a summer storm destroys seemingly all of the precious herb one night—all but Avie's stash in the meadow. The Porch Down Home offers a cast of characters as different as night and day that will become like part of your own family, from nosy Cora Lee and the stuttering Lester brothers to Big Sally the bully and shy but sweet Chase. From the schoolhouse to the nickel and dime, join these Midwest characters in discovering that life is best lived on The Porch Down Home. The author creates a real world peopled with characters—even animals—that are so lively, colorful, and vivid they become your next-door neighbors. No—closer than that; they're like family! —Mary Frances Stubbs, Director of Development for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, and Advisor of Film and Literary Projects, Howard University
Description : Fresh from reenacting a Civil War battle, Kyle Sherman, dressed in his Union uniform, is lost in Yewville, South Carolina. Dixie Lee Smith knows such a man should be treated as the enemy-shunned, or at the very least ignored. But with no Southern gentlemen pounding down her door, Dixie finds herself wondering if maybe the state of their potential "union" should be addressed. And once she discovers there's competition for Kyle, this particular rebel belle stops worrying about which side won the war, determined to win the handsome Yankee for herself. She's got a battle on her hands for sure. Because Kyle himself might not be so easy to subdue!
Description : "You're going to die," the doctor said. But Canadian author Martin Avery laughed and walked away. Fall Down Nine Times, Get Up Ten tells the story of a man who was told he would never work or walk again, in Canada, but lived to get a better diagnosis of "jing-chi-shen" in China.
Description : I wrote this cookbook to save my husband’s life! “When my 32-year-old husband was diagnosed with brain cancer, we had to raise thousands of dollars each month for experimental treatment. Since I had enjoyed creating delicious recipes for as long as I could remember, I compiled my favorites into Down-Home Cooking without the Down-Home Fat, which funded the treatment that cured him completely. This new Busy People’s edition has only recipes that are fast, easy to prepare and have seven or less easy-to-find ingredients. I know you’ll like it.” –Dawn Hall A dream came true for busy cooks. All 200 plus recipes: Can be prepared in 30 minutes or less Are kitchen tested for taste and ease of preparation Have nutritional information Are budget friendly Praise for Busy People's Down-Home Cooking Without the Down-Home Fat "Great for the working family and those on the go." -Lori L. Scovel, Manchester Press "I love the cookbook because it's so user-friendly." -Betsy Bethel, Wheeling, WV