The Days That We Have Seen
By (author) George Ewart Evans
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Days That We Have Seen by George Ewart Evans
Book DescriptionGeorge Ewart Evans' pioneer work in oral history has been widely acclaimed; the importance of this source of historical knowledge has long been recognized both in this country and the United States. In "The Days That We Have Seen" (Faber, 1975) he shows the way in which oral history works and illustrates his point by printing some exceptionally valuable recorded talks by old men and women in East Anglian villages, whose tools and customs - and indeed whose ways of speech, which often survived from the times of Shakespeare and even Chaucer - repeated what had been familiar to many generations before them.The use of common land hardly changed for centuries. Who today understands the importance of hay in the farm economy, when we are concerned with a different sort of fuel? The author also investigates the activities of those who went to sea: the herring industry, farm workers who became sailors after the harvest, and migratory labor from Scotland. As fascinating to the general reader as it is valuable to the historian, the book is imaginatively illustrated throughout with photographs and black and white line drawings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571243808
(216mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 29-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author George Ewart Evans
Pattern Under the Plough, Paperback (October 2013)
Pioneering book of oral history, The Pattern Under the Plough shows that even in modern societies, governed by science and technology, there are still traces of a civilisation whose beliefs were bound to the soil and whose reliance on the seasons was a matter of life or death.
Acky, Paperback (October 2008)
Akerman Flatt and his wife lived in a thatched cottage at the edge of the broad heathland of Fenhall. Acky is one of the survivors of those men who retired after the horses left the farms.
Horse Power and Magic, Paperback (October 2008)
It was assumed in 1950s that horses would soon disappear from the farms. It later became clear that this forecast was too pessimistic. Written by an oral historian who began to record the farming ways of East Anglia by listening to old men and women, this book describes important farms where horses continued to be used more than 30 years later.
Horse in the Furrow, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by George Ewart Evans
The Suffolk Punch - that sturdy, compact draft horse of noble ancestry - was, until mechanisation, the powerhouse of the East Anglian farming community. This book explores this potent symbol of a bygone era, and the complex network - farmer, horseman, groom, smith, harness-maker and tailor - which surrounded it.
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Author Biography - George Ewart Evans
Born in the mining town of Abercynon, South Wales, George Ewart Evans (1909-88) was a pioneering oral historian. In 1948 he settled with his family in Blaxhall, Suffolk, and through conversing with his neighbours he developed an interest in their dialect and the aspects of rural life which they described. Many were agricultural labourers, born before the turn of the century, who had worked on farms before the arrival of mechanisation. With the assistance of a tape recorder he collected oral evidence of the dialect, rural customs, traditions and folklore throughout East Anglia, and this work, reinforced by documental research, provided the background for his renowned East Anglian books.
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