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Big Thicket People: Larry Jene Fisher's Photographs of the Last Southern Frontier (Bridwell Texas History)

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Living off the land--hunting, fishing, and farming, along with a range of specialized crafts that provided barter or cash income--was a way of life that persisted well into the twentieth century in the Big Thicket of southeast Texas. Before this way of life ended with World War II, professional photographer Larry Jene Fisher spent a decade between the 1930s and 1940s photographing Big Thicket people living and working in the old ways. His photographs, the only known collection on this subject, constitute an irreplaceable record of lifeways that first took root in the southeastern woodlands of the colonial United States and eventually spread all across the Southern frontier.

Big Thicket People presents Fisher's photographs in suites that document a wide slice of Big Thicket life-people, dogs, camps, deer hunts, farming, syrup mills, rooter hogs and stock raising, railroad tie making, barrel stave making, chimney building, peckerwood sawmills, logging, turpentining, town life, church services and picnics, funerals and golden weddings, and dances and other amusements. Accompanying each suite of images is a cultural essay by Thad Sitton, who also introduces the book with a historical overview of life in the Big Thicket. C. E. Hunt provides an informative biography of Larry Jene Fisher.

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East Texan Fisher (1902-56) did a bit of most everything; one was photographing Southern backwoodsmen in The Big Thicket over the course of 20 years beginning during the 1930s. Local historians Thad Sitton and C. E. Hunt assemble then and contribute commentary on the people, places, activities, and other features illustrated. They do not provide an index. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292717824
Author:
Sitton, Thad
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Foreword by:
Johnston, Maxine
Foreword:
Johnston, Maxine
Author:
Hunt, C. E.
Author:
Fisher, Larry Jene
Subject:
Outdoor life
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Big Thicket (Tex.)
Subject:
Country life -- Texas -- Big Thicket.
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Bridwell Texas History
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
10.19x7.30x.65 in. 1.32 lbs.

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