Posted by Champ on March 12, 1999 at 18:57:50:
In Reply to: Re: Who's Perspective? posted by Victoria on March 12, 1999 at 15:03:45:
: 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.
This explains one reason why I'm more comfortable with the past, than with the present. :-)
My maternal Grandfathers people [the West clan from SW Kentucky & the Missouri Ozarks] were getting into trouble with the law for horsetheiving right up until 1920's.
What do you expect from a family who's relation [Richard West] rode with "Bloody Bill" Anderson & was a 1st cousin of Frank and Jesse James ;-)
The Wests were so far back in the hollers, that they didnt get electricity until the 1960's!
I've got compadres living in hills of East KY & TN who still live by the old ways...
My Grandma Holmes who died at the age of 90 in 1996, came out here to Washington as a little girl in a covered wagon!
Its amazing how not too distant some of the past really is...
Great message Victoria!
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