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Originally derived from a number of ethnic traditions, the porch evolved in America into something both structurally and culturally unique. In this, the first serious study of the subject, Donlon shows how porch use and porch culture cross ethnic and cultural lines and discusses the transitional quality of the porch space--how it shifts back and forth, by need and function, between a place that is sometimes interior to the house, sometimes exterior.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Southern States Social life and customs, Southern States Social conditions, Porches Social aspects Southern States, Porches Southern States Pictorial works, Porches Southern States Folklore, Interviews Southern States, Oral history