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Southern Farmers and Their StoriesMemory and Meaning in Oral History$
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Melissa Walker

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124094

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.001.0001

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Three Southern Farmers Tell Their Stories

Three Southern Farmers Tell Their Stories

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Southern Farmers and Their Stories


University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the experiences of three farmers in the American South in terms of the rural transformation in the region. They are Ruth McBrayer of South Carolina, Woodrow Harper of Georgia, and John West of Tennessee. All three were born in the 1910s, farmed until late in life, and shared a commitment to farming in spite of having more lucrative options. This chapter suggests that the privileges and limits imposed by class and race influenced each farmer's experience of rural transformation and the resulting stories about change in the countryside.

Keywords:   farmers, American South, rural transformation, Ruth McBrayer, Woodrow Harper, John West, social class, race

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