This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the local farmers' recollection of their experiences in the rural transformation in the American South. It suggests that the transformation of agriculture undermined farm people's ties to the past and the rural southerners, through their stories, sought a kind of redemption, a restoration of a sense that their lives and their way of life had mattered. Their shared memory focused on self-sufficiency, a rural work ethic, persistence through hard times, a commitment to mutual aid, an attachment to the land and the local community, and the relative equality of rural folk. Their descriptions of transformation and its meanings were marked by sharp class, generational, and racial divides.
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