Foxfire 8 Summary & Study Guide

Eliot Wigginton
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The novel "Firefox 8" is the eighth book in the Firefox series, which seeks to bring the lifestyle of Appalachian mountain residents to the rest of the world. This particular novel, dealing with the lives of black residents, pottery, cock fighting, and mules, is a highly detailed account that not only instructs readers, but entertains them as well. The characters interviewed are lively, charismatic, and devoted to their crafts, and the interviewers never fail to bring the full story to the readers.

The novel begins with a short introduction, describing the purpose of Foxfire and the mission of the Mountain City Project. This is followed by an account of blacks living in the Appalachian mountain area. Several individuals are interviewed, and they discuss much about their lives. Many first discuss times of slavery in terms of their grandparents, and then tell of their own experiences with discrimination and segregation. While some have lived very difficult lives, others have been helped immensely by the white population. The next section deals with Appalachian pottery. The section begins with an introduction by John Burrison that pays tribute to the old ways of pottery. Following that, there are several interviews with potters whose style is still that of 100 years ago. These individuals discuss their glazes, tools, family businesses, and kilns in great length. In addition, different styles of pottery are discussed, and there are several images to help explain how some items, such as clay roosters, are completed. Those interviewed discuss not only their current business but also how they started in pottery, and their pasts. This section stresses the tie that binds these potters together, as well as the firm family commitment to the craft. The next section of the book deals with cockfighting. In the first chapter, interviewees discuss rooster breeds, selling roosters, raising cocks, combs, conditioning, and fighting. In the next chapter, Paul B. Stamey discusses his own experiences as a cock fighter. This is followed by Rex Duvall's discussion of the same. In the final portion of the book, "Po Bo" Jenkins discusses his life as a mule trader and his experiences with mules. This novel, like other Foxfire novels, is a testament to simple living. Those interviewed are likable, honest, and good-natured, as well as full of useful information. Their stories, told faithfully by the Foxfire staff, serve both to enlighten and entertain readers who otherwise would never encounter such experiences.

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