Posted by Victoria on March 12, 1999 at 15:03:45:
In Reply to: Re: Who's Perspective? posted by Gayle on March 11, 1999 at 13:58:33:
Don't forget, parts of the cultures that would have been found on the frontier in the mid to late 18th century survived substantially unchanged up and down the Appalachian chain clear into the 20th century. Hawkeye could easily have fit in, and would have found aspects of it recognizable.
The degree of disjoint which others might feel or see, doesn't seem so vast to those of us who managed to see the last bits of it. There was an article in the paper here last week discussing the end of the century and they interviewed several centenarians(?) in nursing homes. One man was a direct descendent of Sir Francis Drake. He lived in the country in the mountains and said he lived off the land (hunting, gathering, farming) until mid life. Another woman recounted how her mother had been an indentured servant. Her father had bought her and then married her. I have "plowed a lick" behind a mule, cooked on a wood stove (both a while back), and we're eating corn I grew in my garden last summer.
I always wonder how come reenactors eat parched corn when there's other ways to fix it.
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