From the rear cover of this 107 page book: "Ocracoke is a small barrier island twenty-three miles off the coast of North Carolina. As early as 1585, European visitors noted Ocracoke's use as an Indian fort; in the early eighteenth century, it was a haven for Blackbeard and other pirates; and in World War II, German submarines sank Allied ships off its coast. Today, the island has less than seven hundred residents, most of whom depend on fishing and tourism to make a living. Because the island is accessible only by ferry, the people who live here are constantly reminded of their isolation. They are self-reliant and independent, but at the same time generous when community spirit is needed. Ann Sebrell Ehringhaus has captured the essence of this unique place in her 'Ocracoke Portrait'. From her hours of taped interviews, Ehringhaus selected the quotations that complement the sixty-four duotone photographs that she chose for her book. Through [this book], Ann Ehringhaus has given all of us the opportunity to share some of the beauty and magic of this special place."
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Accessible only by ferryboat, Ocracoke has preserved its "earthy magic" far longer than most of the Carolinas' barrier islands; but cable TV and a jail have arrived recently."I'm homesick for the island, and I'm here," says one resident. Ehringhaus's collection of photographs with brief commentaries effectively captures the community and its isolation; the hard labor and humor that have shaped Ocracokers since 1715; and the inevitable changes. "The pressures of modern-day life make . . . it harder and harder to live in the present." An enjoyable work recommended for regional collections.Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.
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Book Description John F Blair Pub, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110895870606
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Book Description John F Blair Pub, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0895870606