"Everyone Helped His Neighbor"

Memories of Nags Head Woods

By Lu Ann Jones, Amy Glass

Foreword by David S. Cecelski

74 pp., 10 x 8, 28 halftones, 2 maps

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5001-2
    Published: August 2018

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Distributed for The Nature Conservancy

In the 1980s, The Nature Conservancy began work on the fast-growing Outer Banks by protecting Nags Head Woods. One of the last intact maritime forests on the East Coast, the Woods was in danger of becoming a housing development. In the late nineteenth century Nags Head Woods was home to about forty families and to this day remnants of their time there can be seen during a walk in the preserve. Based on oral histories, “Everyone Helped His Neighbor” documents the social and cultural history of a community that worked the land and waters of this unique place. Originally published in 1987, this reissue edition contains a foreword by David S. Cecelski and an afterword by the authors.

About the Authors

Lu Ann Jones is the author of Mama Learned Us to Work: Farm Women in the New South, inspired by the Oral History of Southern Agriculture Project. She is a historian for a federal agency and lives in Washington, DC.
For more information about Lu Ann Jones, visit the Author Page.

As an oral historian Amy Glass worked on numerous projects with the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including Lifeways of the Outer Banks which is housed at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
For more information about Amy Glass, visit the Author Page.

Historian David S. Cecelski is author of The Waterman's Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina and co-editor (with Timothy B. Tyson) of Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy.
For more information about David S. Cecelski, visit the Author Page.