Gypsies of the White Mountains: History of a Nomadic Culture

Gypsies of the White Mountains: History of a Nomadic Culture

by Bruce D. Heald PhD, Cerasel Cuteanu PhD

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The Gypsy minority has had a rough path throughout history, and by an unusual turn in this road, a number found themselves in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. By and large, their cultural practices and unwillingness to conform to social norms caused European countries to take drastic measures against Gypsies. In many cases, they were deported to the New World. Traveling with county fairs and carnivals, they made their way to the White Mountains, finding a niche for their fortunetelling practices. They became entertainers and made their livings off palm readings, card readings, their musical talents and even gazing into crystal balls. Gypsies have been misjudged and persecuted throughout history, but their romantic traditions and ideals have greatly been overlooked. Historian Bruce Heald delves into the fascinating history of a stereotyped minority and presents the poetry of their wanderings in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614238041
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Dr. Bruce Heald is an adjunct professor of American military history at Plymouth State University and a fellow in the International Biographical Association. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal of Honor for literary achievement from the American Biographical Institute. Dr. Heald has written several books on the history of New Hampshire.
Adjunct Professor, Petrosani University, Romania

Table of Contents

Foreword Cerasel Cuteanu 9

Acknowledgements 11

1 Origin of the Gypsy: Immigration to the New World 13

2 Social Structure: The Family 21

3 Gypsy Work Ethics and Occupation 29

4 Vacation in the Mountains 67

5 The Gypsy Tours in New Hampshire 81

Appendix: Gypsy Folk Tales 91

Glossary 115

Bibliography 119

Index 121

About the Author 125

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