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Gone to the Swamp

Raw Materials for the Good Life in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Gone to the Swamp by Robert Leslie Smith
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To make a living here, one had to be capable, confident, clever and inventive, know a lot about survival, be able to fashion and repair tools, navigate a boat, fell a tree, treat a snakebite, make a meal from whatever was handy without asking too many questions about it, and get along with folks.

This fascinating and instructive book is the careful and unpretentious account of a man who was artful in all the skills needed to survive and raise a family in an area where most people would be lost or helpless. Smith’s story is an important record of a way of life beginning to disappear, a loss not fully yet realized. We are lucky to have a work that is both instructive and warm-hearted and that preserves so much hard-won knowledge.

University of Alabama Press; September 2008
291 pages; ISBN 9780817380694
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Title: Gone to the Swamp
Author: Robert Leslie Smith
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