In the simple unpretentious dignity of everyday speech, elderly Tar
Heels share their fascinating and touching stories of North
Carolina's past, a time when activities and cares were closely
associated with extracting a living from the soil. The oldest
person Ginns interviewed was ninety-seven, the youngest,
fifty-three. The earliest firsthand accounts date from about 1885,
and the latest reach into the postdepression era.
Originally published in 1977.
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