This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about farmers in the American South and their stories. This book focuses on the major themes in rural southerners' narratives of change. It explores the ways that rural narrators use oral history interviews to articulate a sense of both individual and shared identity and investigates the idea that rural southerners gave meaning to the social and economic changes that swept their lives in the twentieth century. It also discusses commentaries on the nature of modern life in the South and the impact of rural transformation on ordinary farm people.
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