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The Red Flannel Rag by Peggy Ann Shifflett
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May 26, 12

Fascinating book about life in the Alleghenies, just a hop and a skip from our farm in the Shenandoah Valley, and yet, how different is the world Ms. Shifflett brings to life. Some of these customs and practices were known in the valley--still are with the deeply country folk--but many are unique to this far more isolated mountain community. The little elementary school she describes being bussed to from Hopkins Gap is the same school my children attended, and their father before them, now replaced by a far larger modern structure. Much is gained, and lost, in our modern era.
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