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The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Landby Inc. Foxfire Fund
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In 1966, an English teacher and students in Northeast Georgia founded a quarterly magazine, not only as a vehicle to learn the required English curriculum, but also to teach others about the customs, crafts, traditions, and lifestyle of their Appalachian culture. Named Foxfire after a local phosphorescent lichen, the magazine became one of the most beloved publications in American culture.
For four decades, Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, home crafts, and the art of natural remedies, and preserving the stories of Appalachia. This anniversary edition brings us generations of voices and lessons about the three essential Appalachian values of faith, family, and the land. We listen to elders share their own memories of how things used to be, and to the new generations eager to preserve traditional values in a more complicated world. There are descriptions of old church services, of popular Appalachian games and pastimes, and of family recipes. Rich with memories and useful lessons, this is a fitting tribute to this inspiring and practical publication that has become a classic American institution.
"For four decades, Foxfire magazine has been documenting and preserving the life and culture of Southern Appalachia. Drawing on the magazine's published talks by local high school students with elderly rural inhabitants, the books have explored the crafts, cooking, music, gardening and stories that have been passed down through the generations. The focus in this anniversary volume is on devotion to religion, family and the land. Collecting pieces from 40 years' worth of the magazine, the book inevitably covers topics covered in previous Foxfire collections, including snake handling, childhood toys and recipes. But the spoken words remain captivating, eloquent if plainspoken. It's clear that most of the respondents feel, as Eunice Hunter does, that 'religion is everything to me.' Many of the subjects speak movingly of their belief in the Bible, the power of the Devil, and Judgment Day. Prefatory comments from the editors are more admiring of the culture described (even whipping children as a form of discipline) and condemning of modern society than they are informative and objective. Best to overlook them and let the Appalachian elders speak for themselves. B&w photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For four decades, Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency, home crafts, and the art of natural remedies as well as preserving the stories of Appalachia. This anniversary edition brings together generations of voices and lessons about the three essential Appalachian values of faith, family, and the land.
This is an engaging and informative celebration of the 40th anniversary of the series that has sold hundreds of thousands of books and taught generations of Americans about traditional Appalachian culture.
About the Author
The Foxfire Center brings together students and teachers to preserve the folk wisdom and values of simple living that reach back across centuries of life in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Georgia. The students and teachers publish a quarterly magazine and have written twelve books over the years.
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