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The Resource Salvation on Sand Mountain : snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia, Dennis Covington

Salvation on Sand Mountain : snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia, Dennis Covington

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Salvation on Sand Mountain : snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia
Title
Salvation on Sand Mountain
Title remainder
snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia
Statement of responsibility
Dennis Covington
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "It is Scottsboro, Alabama, in the fall of 1991. A snake-handling preacher by the name of Glendel Buford Summerford has just tried to murder his wife, Darlene, by snakebite. At gunpoint, he forces her to stick her arm in a box of rattlesnakes. She is bitten twice and nearly dies. The trial, which becomes a sensation throughout southern Appalachia, echoes familiar themes from a troubled secular world - marital infidelity, spouse abuse, and alcoholism - but it also raises questions about faith, forgiveness, redemption, and, of course, snakes. Glenn Summerford is convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison."
  • "When Dennis Covington covered the trial of Glenn Summerford for The New York Times, a world far beyond the trial opened up to him. Salvation on Sand Mountain begins with a crime and a trial and then becomes an extraordinary exploration of a place, a people, and an author's descent into himself. The place is southern Appalachia - a country deep and unsettled, where the past and its culture collide with the economic and social realities of the present, leaving a residue of rootlessness, anxiety, and lawlessness. All-night video stores and tanning salons stand next to collapsed chicken farms and fundamentalist churches. The people are poor southern whites. Peculiar and insular, they are hill people of Scotch-Irish descent: religious mystics who cast out demons, speak in tongues, drink strychnine, run blowtorches up their arms, and drape themselves with rattlesnakes. There is Charles McGlocklin, the End-Time Evangelist; Cecil Esslinder, the red headed guitar player with the perpetual grin; Aunt Daisy, the prophetess; Brother Carl Porter; Elvis Presley Saylor; Gracie McAllister; Dewey Chafin; and the legendary Punkin Brown, all of whose faith illuminates these pages. And then there is Dennis Covington, himself Scotch-Irish, whose own family came down off of Sand Mountain two generations ago to work in the steel mills of Birmingham, and who, in uncovering records of snake-handling Covingtons, decides to take up serpents himself." "With grace and humor and exquisite writing, Dennis Covington explores a physical and spiritual geography few readers will be prepared for. Reminiscent of the best of Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, and James Agee, Salvation on Sand Mountain is southern literature at its best."--Jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
WHP
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Covington, Dennis
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Covington, Dennis
  • Snake cults (Holiness churches)
  • Snake cults (Holiness churches)
Label
Salvation on Sand Mountain : snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia, Dennis Covington
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Publication
Note
Originally published: 1995
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Following signs -- Trial -- Sheep without a shepherd -- Under the brush arbor -- Jolo -- Roots -- Snakes -- Salvation on Sand Mountain -- War stories -- Wider circle: Elvis Presley Saylor -- Wedding
Control code
ocm34404117
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xix, 240 pages
Isbn
9780140254587
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780140254587
  • (OCoLC)34404117
  • (Sirsi) b13591757
Label
Salvation on Sand Mountain : snake handling and redemption in southern Appalachia, Dennis Covington
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1995
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Following signs -- Trial -- Sheep without a shepherd -- Under the brush arbor -- Jolo -- Roots -- Snakes -- Salvation on Sand Mountain -- War stories -- Wider circle: Elvis Presley Saylor -- Wedding
Control code
ocm34404117
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xix, 240 pages
Isbn
9780140254587
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780140254587
  • (OCoLC)34404117
  • (Sirsi) b13591757

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