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Dorie: Woman Of The Mountains
Before the Great Smoky Mountains became a national park, the region was a lush wilderness dotted with isolated farms. Into this land of unspoiled beauty, Dorie Woodruff Cope was born in 1899. In this evocative memoir, Dorie's daughter, Florence Cope Bush, traces a life at once extraordinary and yet typical of the many Appalachian farm families forced to leave their simple ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 15th 1992 by Univ Tennessee Press
(first published 1992)
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Enjoyable biography of a woman who grew up in the mountains of Tennessee during the early years of the 20th century. It was a time of change and the story of how Dorie, her family and her community reacted to the changes in the world makes for an interesting read. My grandmother's life was very similar, including the relocation from a national park. I thought it was interesting that the writer blamed the government for the "loss of the homeland." The story makes it clear that the community was ...more
I really, really liked this book. Good read for anybody interested in Tennessee History, Appalachian History or for a good look at life in the south during the Depression. Especially interesting to me, because Dorie lived during the time of my great grandparents. My mother's mother's family lived in Polk and Monroe Counties, in Tennessee. That's about 3 counties to the south, also on the North Carolina state line. My grandmother was born in 1919 in Servilla, Tennessee, which is no longer a ...more
This book is so interesting to learn how hard and tough mountain life was back in the early 20th century. We are all wimps compared to how these generations of early settlers did everything on their own - hunt for food, make clothes, act as a doctor. If today's society had to live even a short time as these real people did, we'd die of starvation and disease in a short while. We take so much for granted. And it's very unfortunate that many of the skills passed on from generation to generation, ...more
Written by Dorie's daughter, this book is a closeup look at the life of an Appalachian family in the early & mid 1900's. This book chronicles the lifestyle changes that made Dorie's life easier than her mother's, and the changes, both good & bad, that the lumber/railroad industry brought to the region in the years leading up to & just after the Great Smoky Mtns became a National Park. The railroad/timber industry brought jobs, cash, modern conveniences (such as Mason Jars for ...more
I picked this book up after visiting Pigeon Forge and the cemetaries in the smokey mountains near there. This book was in one of the tourist shops and I could not put it down. It made the most excellent companion for me as we drove back home to Wisconsin. This book was written as a personal family account but bears the story of the mountain families that were displaced. This is well written and very intimate... Amazingly, the many gravestones we saw on our visit were people who showed up in this ...more
My mother handed me this book one day and said that I might like it. I've always been more of a big fiction reader but I gave it a chance because I tend to love books about wilderness and/or hard times in the past. It was definently interesting enough to keep me reading.