National Geographic : 1926 May
00 Photograph by Clifton Adams IN THE "LAND OF DOING WITHOUT" This mountain cabin, made of hewn shingles and timbers, with chimney and fireplace of native stone,isthesort made famous bythe John Fox school of novelists. Fifteen years ago the North Carolina mountaineers had an illiteracy percentage of185 inevery I,ooo, but the modern community school and good roads are relegating illiteracy to the middle-aged. Life here, near Marion, is so primitive that the region has been well called "The Land of Doing Without." A mountaineer generally handles not more than $300oocash in an entire year.