9780813028644

Voices of the Apalachicola

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813028644

  • ISBN10:

    0813028647

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-02-07
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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Summary

One of the main water resources for Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, the Apalachicola River begins where the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers meet at Lake Seminole and flow unimpeded for 106 miles, through the red hills and floodplains of the Florida panhandle into the Gulf of Mexico. Voices of the Apalachicolais a collection of oral histories from more than thirty individuals who have lived out their entire lives in this region, including the last steamboat pilot on the river system, sharecroppers who escaped servitude, turpentine workers in Tate's Hell, sawyers of "old-as-Christ" cypress, beekeepers working the last large tupelo stand, and a Creek chief descended from a 200-year unbroken line of chiefs.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix
List of Figures xi
Series Foreword xiii
Preface: Praise of Natural Wonders xv
Acknowledgments xix
Introduction: Stories of Historic Change 1(262)
1. Botanical Eden, Cultural Battleground
3(7)
2. River Roots
10(32)
Creek Chief Ramsey: Walking Softly in Two Worlds
11(11)
Sakim: Muskogee Medicine Maker and Webmaster
22(7)
Judge Taunton: "Robin Hood" Defender of Swamp Dwellers
29(13)
3. From Steamboat "Elation" to Rail and Road
42(39)
Tom Corley: Last Steamboat Pilot
45(10)
John Hentz: Bristol Native, River Defender
55(11)
Homer B. Hirt: Lured by Shipping
66(7)
Alton Colvin: Navigation Channel Engineer
73(8)
4. Fishing a Sandy River: "It Is Filled Up"
81(30)
The Walkers: Catfish Trap Makers
84(12)
James M. Barkuloo: Counting the Disappearing Fish
96(8)
Jimmy Mosconis: Greek Fishing Heir
104(7)
5. Oystering, Shrimping, Fishing, Sponging the Bay
111(51)
Buddy Ward: Commercial Fishing Survivor
112(8)
James Golden: Nothing but Net-Making
120(7)
Davis Family: Saving the Resource for Someone Else
127(14)
Capt. Joseph Barber: Aided Torpedoed Sailors
141(8)
Mike Millender: Oyster Kid to Seafood Dealer
149(5)
Joe Nichols: Suing to Retrieve a Livelihood
154(2)
Woody Miley: Let's Not Love Our Resource to Death
156(6)
6. Turpentine, Timber, and Restoring Tate's Hell
162(33)
Neel Yent: Panther Flight Memories
167(10)
Boncyle Land: Turpentine Stories
177(6)
The Allens: Guarding a Turpentine Legend
183(5)
Billy Kersey: Building Roads through Hell
188(7)
7. Logging "Eternal Wood"
195(22)
Don Ingram: Milling "Old-as-Christ" Cypress
196(11)
Lewis Jamerson: River Swamp Forester
207(10)
8. A System Rich in Scientific Treasures
217(20)
Angus Gholson Speaks for the Torreya Trees
220(9)
Marilyn Blackwell: River Warrior
229(8)
9. King Cotton, Tupelo Gold, and Cracker Cattle
237(26)
The Harrises: Jackson County Sharecroppers
238(9)
L.L. Lanier: Honey Philosopher
247(9)
Pearl Porter Marshall: Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
256(7)
10. River as Trade and Commerce Opportunity 263(42)
Jimmie Nichols: Four-time Apalachicola Mayor
264(9)
Edward Tolliver: From Poverty to First Black Mayor
273(8)
Robert Howell: Paper Boy, Mayor, General
281(7)
Kathleen Hays: Teacher, Gibson Inn Proprietor
288(8)
Clifton Lewis: "High Cotton" Proprietor, "Walking Island" Matriarch
296(9)
Notes 305(4)
Glossary 309(4)
Bibliography 313(6)
Index 319

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