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The cedar choppers : life on the edge of nothing, Ken Roberts ; foreword by M. Hunter Hayes

Label
The cedar choppers : life on the edge of nothing
Title
The cedar choppers
Title remainder
life on the edge of nothing
Statement of responsibility
Ken Roberts ; foreword by M. Hunter Hayes
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At the low-water bridge below Tom Miller Dam, west of downtown Austin, during the summer of his tenth or eleventh year, Ken Roberts had his first encounter with cedar choppers. On his way to the bridge for a leisurely afternoon of fishing, he suddenly found himself facing a group of boys who clearly came from a different place and culture than the middle-class, suburban community he was accustomed to. Rather, ". . . they looked hard--tanned, skinny, dirty. These were not kids you would see in Austin." When Roberts's fishing companion curtly refused the strangers' offer to sell them a stringer of bluegills, the three boys went away, only to reappear moments later, one of them carrying a club. Roberts and his friend made a hasty retreat. This encounter provoked in the author the question, "Who are these people?" The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing is his thoughtful, entertaining, and informative answer. Based on oral history interviews with several generations of cedar choppers and those who knew them, this book weaves together the lively, gritty story of these largely Scots-Irish migrants with roots in Appalachia who settled on the west side of the Balcones Fault during the mid-nineteenth century, subsisting mainly on hunting, trapping, moonshining, and, by the early twentieth century, cutting, transporting, and selling cedar fence posts and charcoal. The emergence of Austin as a major metropolitan area, especially after the 1950s, soon brought the cedar choppers and their hillbilly lifestyle into direct confrontation with the gentrified urban population east of the Balcones Fault. This clash of cultures, which provided the setting for Roberts's encounter as a young boy, propels this first book-length treatment of the cedar choppers, their clans, their culture and mores, and their longing for a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. -- Amazon.com
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
TXA/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roberts, Kenneth D.
Dewey number
305.9/634975609763
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HD8039.L92
LC item number
R63 2018
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
HD8039.L92
NAL item number
R63 2018
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Sam Rayburn series on rural life
Series volume
number twenty-four
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Loggers
  • Loggers
  • Charcoal burners
  • Charcoal burners
  • Cedar
  • Self-reliant living
  • Loggers
  • Texas Hill Country (Tex.)
  • Texas Hill Country (Tex.)
Label
The cedar choppers : life on the edge of nothing, Ken Roberts ; foreword by M. Hunter Hayes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Introduction: The Balcones Fault -- Who are these people? -- The migration -- The clans in the hills -- The early twentieth century -- Cedar and survival -- Fencing the West -- The life of a cedar chopper -- So close, yet so far away -- The demise of the cedar choppers -- Epilogue: Three questions -- Appendix 1: Voices
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 259 pages
Isbn
9781623496074
Lccn
2017036270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1000385910
  • (OCoLC)on1000385910
Label
The cedar choppers : life on the edge of nothing, Ken Roberts ; foreword by M. Hunter Hayes
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Introduction: The Balcones Fault -- Who are these people? -- The migration -- The clans in the hills -- The early twentieth century -- Cedar and survival -- Fencing the West -- The life of a cedar chopper -- So close, yet so far away -- The demise of the cedar choppers -- Epilogue: Three questions -- Appendix 1: Voices
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 259 pages
Isbn
9781623496074
Lccn
2017036270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1000385910
  • (OCoLC)on1000385910

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