Coverart for item
The Resource Ghost dancing on the cracker circuit : the culture of festivals in the American South, Rodger Lyle Brown

Ghost dancing on the cracker circuit : the culture of festivals in the American South, Rodger Lyle Brown

Label
Ghost dancing on the cracker circuit : the culture of festivals in the American South
Title
Ghost dancing on the cracker circuit
Title remainder
the culture of festivals in the American South
Statement of responsibility
Rodger Lyle Brown
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Back Cover: A look into deep communal meanings that emerge as small towns stage their annual festivals. Everybody knows about community festivals that celebrate the good ol' days-events like Rattlesnake Roundup, Peanut Days, and Mule Day. Countless towns around the South stage them. They set aside one weekend a year, rope off some parking, and celebrate some local theme on the courthouse lawn or in a nearby pasture, touting lost days of imagined glory. The phenomenon is rapidly proliferating across the region, but until now the deeper significance of these hometown events has not been explored. In Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit Rodger Brown takes the reader on a road trip across the South. He visits many festivals and unweaves their webs to find the meaning that lies beneath. Instead of merry times of celebration and fund-raising, Brown discerns signs of mourning. Behind the scrim of jolly sideshows he finds communities responding to economic restructuring and cultural change. As he travels across the South, he absorbs vivid impressions of boosterism and cornball symbolism. Along this comical trail that he terms the "cracker circuit" he perceives how these seasonal events are staged by white sponsors attempting to resurrect a splendid past that actually never existed. He likens them to legendary Indians "ghost dancing" in ceremonial performances staged to conjure up a lost paradise. Brown's adventurous, good-natured inspection of this pervasive cultural curiosity discloses the state of the South at the turn of the millennium
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brown, Rodger Lyle
Dewey number
394.2/6975
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GT4806
LC item number
.B76 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Festivals
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
Label
Ghost dancing on the cracker circuit : the culture of festivals in the American South, Rodger Lyle Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Stuffing sin in a lard bucket: rattlesnake roundup at Whigham, Georgia -- Chapter 2: History's all we have left: the tobacco festival (Clarkton, North Carolina), swine time (Climax, Georgia), and the banana festival (South Fulton, Tennessee) -- Chapter 3: Honoring the Cob: hillbilly days at Pikeville, Kentucky -- Chapter 4: This year's Hernando: De Soto celebration at Bradenton, Florida -- Chapter 5: Destiny in Dayton: Scopes Trial play and festival at Dayton, Tennessee -- Chapter 6: Hey, Barney; hey, Andy: mule day at Calvary, Georgia -- Chapter 7: Aunt Bee's death certificate: Mayberry days at Mount Airy, North Carolina -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocm35174718
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 204 pages
Isbn
9780878059065
Lccn
96017962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35174718
Label
Ghost dancing on the cracker circuit : the culture of festivals in the American South, Rodger Lyle Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Stuffing sin in a lard bucket: rattlesnake roundup at Whigham, Georgia -- Chapter 2: History's all we have left: the tobacco festival (Clarkton, North Carolina), swine time (Climax, Georgia), and the banana festival (South Fulton, Tennessee) -- Chapter 3: Honoring the Cob: hillbilly days at Pikeville, Kentucky -- Chapter 4: This year's Hernando: De Soto celebration at Bradenton, Florida -- Chapter 5: Destiny in Dayton: Scopes Trial play and festival at Dayton, Tennessee -- Chapter 6: Hey, Barney; hey, Andy: mule day at Calvary, Georgia -- Chapter 7: Aunt Bee's death certificate: Mayberry days at Mount Airy, North Carolina -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocm35174718
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 204 pages
Isbn
9780878059065
Lccn
96017962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35174718

Library Locations

    • CLEVELAND/Main LibraryBorrow it
      325 Superior Ave., N.E., Cleveland, OH, 44114, US
      41.501174 -81.69177499999999
Processing Feedback ...