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Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South
by Shirley Abbott
University of Arkansas Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-1-61075-605-1 | Paper: 978-1-68226-023-4
Library of Congress Classification HQ1438.S63A33 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A classic that has been in print since its first publication in 1983, Womenfolks is both a personal memoir and a meditation on the often pernicious mythologies of southern cultural history. Shirley Abbott gives us the gritty, independent women of the backwoods, the South’s true heroines, whose hardscrabble world is one of red dirt and hard work—a far cry from the hoopskirts and magnolias of southern lore. As honest, vibrant, and remarkable as the women whose stories illuminate these pages, Womenfolks draws a vivid portrait of a rural culture beset by poverty and sustained by deeply rooted traditions. In her new preface to this edition, Abbott assesses what has changed—and what may never change—about the burdens of southern history and expresses her hope that the better angels of our nature may prevail in our still-new century.
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