Window To The Soul
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
Photograph - Photography
A very old cabin along the back roads of the southern Appalachian Mountains shown here in autumn, the forest taking back what was once a thriving family's homestead... This image was captured in Tennessee very close to the North Carolina border where Appalachian history is rich and families have lived on the same family farms for generations.
The log cabin has been a symbol of humble origins in US politics since the early 19th century. Seven United States Presidents were born in log cabins, including Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and James Buchanan. Although William Henry Harrison was not one of them, he and the Whigs during the 1840 presidential election were the first to use a log cabin as a symbol to show North Americans that he was a man of the people. Other candidates followed Harrison's example, making the idea of a log cabin—and, more generally, a non-wealthy background—a recurring theme in campaign biographies
December 1st, 2012
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