If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support

The Mullein: Plant Piscicide of the Mountain Folk Culture

Gene Wilhelm, Jr.
Geographical Review
Vol. 64, No. 2 (Apr., 1974), pp. 235-252
DOI: 10.2307/213812
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/213812
Page Count: 18
  • Download PDF
  • Cite this Item

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support
The Mullein: Plant Piscicide of the Mountain Folk Culture
Preview not available

Abstract

The wide range of the common mullein (Verbascum thapsus), its weedlike qualities, its occurrence as an incipient plant domesticate, and its wide use in fish poisoning make it an important plant in the study of European peoples of the past and of cultural diffusion. The assertion is made here that poisoning of fish was introduced by Europeans of English, Scotch-Irish, and German background into the southeastern United States by the middle of the seventeenth century at the latest. Evidence is strong that such fishing techniques were centered in the two cultural hearths which contributed to the hybrid culture of the Upland South: southeastern Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay area. This culture trait should be added to the growing list of attributes that identify the Upland South culture.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
[235]
    [235]
  • Thumbnail: Page 
236
    236
  • Thumbnail: Page 
237
    237
  • Thumbnail: Page 
238
    238
  • Thumbnail: Page 
239
    239
  • Thumbnail: Page 
240
    240
  • Thumbnail: Page 
241
    241
  • Thumbnail: Page 
242
    242
  • Thumbnail: Page 
243
    243
  • Thumbnail: Page 
244
    244
  • Thumbnail: Page 
245
    245
  • Thumbnail: Page 
246
    246
  • Thumbnail: Page 
247
    247
  • Thumbnail: Page 
248
    248
  • Thumbnail: Page 
249
    249
  • Thumbnail: Page 
250
    250
  • Thumbnail: Page 
251
    251
  • Thumbnail: Page 
252
    252