The Cumberland Plateau is Mrs. Arnow's birthplace inspiration, and lifelong study. Following Seedtime on the Cumberland, this book deals with the history of the region in the late 18th century and early 19th when settlers were finally able to forego the protection of forted stations really to develop this fertile and between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. And a fat land it was in those days, supporting a society at once fiercely independent and reliant upon transplanted English culture. From country courthouse records, contemporary newspapers, diaries, wills and letters, Mrs. Arnow has amassed data and episodes which she fleshes out with her own experiences and a lively imagination to give us a fascinating and thorough picture of the ecology, economy, psychology, and general living conditions of the early Cumberlander. Her delight in the work is evident and infectious, whether she is comparing stud fees or recounting some obscure anecdote about Andrew Jackson. The products of such painstaking research are seldom so entertaining.