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Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Foundation)

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Where more poignantly than in a small country graveyard can a traveler fathom the flow of history and tradition? During the past twenty years, Terry G. Jordan has traveled the back roads and hidden trails of rural Texas in search of such cemeteries. With camera in hand, he has visited more than one thousand cemeteries created and maintained by the Anglo-American, black, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by University of Texas Press (first published December 1st 1982)
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Dec 24, 2007 Dixie Diamond rated it it was amazing
Extremely interesting from an academic/anthropological point of view. My biggest "complaint" is that it was not longer.

My only other caveat is that I questioned the researcher's belaboring of the use of shells as decoration in German-Texas cemeteries. While I will be the first to admit that he no doubt knows far more about this than I do, it seemed that he was grasping at straws in an effort to connect shell ornamentation to some ancient Old World tradition (which he noted did not exist in Germa
Jun 06, 2011 Loren rated it really liked it
Although this book focuses on folk art rather than statuary, although it’s only illustrated in black-and-white on non-glossy pages and its two-column layout—followed by pages of footnotes -- seems intimidating and overly academic -- this is the most fascinating cemetery book I’ve come across in a long time.

Chock-full of interesting tidbits, Texas Graveyards ties the burial practices of underclass Texans into a web of African, pre-Christian European, and Native American traditions. Texans, both b
Oct 21, 2014 William rated it liked it
Interesting subject. Second reading after much time has passed. I do think some of the author's conclusions are too hastily drawn. Overall I enjoyed it.
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Past president of the Association of American Geographers, died at his home in Austin, Texas, on 16 October 2003, from pancreatic cancer. (In recognition of his 1997 marriage, he began using the name Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov as his professional nom de plume, while retaining his birth name for other purposes). Born in Dallas in 1938 as a sixth generation Texan, Terry earn
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