♥ Book Title : Poor But Proud
☯ Full Synopsis : "This meticulous reconstruction of the lives of poor whites in the heart of Dixie is a model study inviting new respect for a people who have suffered from widespread and continuing stereotyping. The phrase "poor but proud" aptly describes many white Alabamians who settled the state and persisted through time. During the antebellum years, poor whites developed a distinctive culture on the periphery of the cotton belt. As herdsmen, subsistence farmers, mill workers, and miners, they flourished in a society more renowned for its two-class division of planters and slaves. The New Deal era and the advent of World War II broke the long downward spiral of poverty and afforded new opportunities for upward mobility. Wayne Flynt addresses the life experiences of poor whites through their occupations, society, and culture. He explores their family structure, music, religion, folklore, crafts, and politics and describes their attempts to resolve their own problems through labor unions and political movements. He reveals that many of our stereotypes about poor whites are wildly exaggerated; few were derelicts or "white trash." Even though racism, emotionalism, and a penchant for violence were possible among poor whites, most bore their troubles with dignity and self-respect, working hard to eventually lift themselves out of poverty. First published in 1989 by The University of Alabama Press, Poor but Proud was met with critical acclaim and awarded the 1990 Lillian Smith prize in nonfiction, as well as being named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book. This new paperback version will make the classic work available for general readers, bookstores, and classrooms."Article| Wayne Flynt| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Poor and Proud
☯ Full Synopsis : "KATY REDBURN AND OTHERS ARE INTRODUCED. "Give me a flounder, Johnny?" said a little girl of eleven, dressed in coarse and ragged garments, as she stooped down and looked into the basket of the dirty young fisherman, who sat with his legs hanging over the edge of the pier."Article| Oliver Optic| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Child of the Great Depression
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this book, Child of the Great Depression, I try to recapture and revive the lore of the enduring legacy of Powellville. My, but there are so many things to remember: riding atop a load of tomatoes and throwing a tomato at every mailbox along the way, shooting marbles in the alley by the general store, playing baseball, splashing naked in the swimming hole in the creek in the woods. Those were just childhood activities. The real legacy of the town is based on the sharing of life’s journey among all those who lived there: the hardship, the sacrifice, the happiness, the tragedy, and all the bad and good of human nature. In short, it is a portrait of the trials and the struggles, the humor and the woe that most Americans shared during the years of the Great Depression."Article| William Elihu Palmer| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie
☯ Full Synopsis : "Social and political history of the modern South. This collection of essays on the social and political history of the modern South consider the region’s poor, racial mores and race relations, economic opportunity, Protestant activism, political coalitions and interest groups, social justice, and progressive reform. History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie illuminates the dual role of historian and public advocate in modern America. In a time when the nation’s eyes have been focused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita onto the vulnerability and dire condition of poor people in the South, the applicability of research, teaching, and activism for this voiceless element seems all the more relevant. Responding to the example of Wayne Flynt, whose fierce devotion to his state of Alabama and its region has not blinded his recognition of the inequities and despair that define southern life for so many, the scholars assembled in this work present contributions to the themes Flynt so passionately explored in his own work. Two seasoned observers of southern history and culture—John Shelton Reed and Dan T. Carter—offer assessments of Flynt’s influence on the history profession as a whole and on the region of the South in particular."Article| Gordon E. Harvey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A BOOK OF CINQUAINS
☯ Full Synopsis : "The cinquain is a five-line twenty-two syllable verse form created by Adelaide Crapsey in response to the tanka and haiku forms which were then coming into vogue among English-language poets. Because it is a western form, the cinquain is more expansive and rhetorical. It lends itself to a variety of uses. A Book of Cinquains contains poems that are descriptive, humorous, meditative and dramatic."Article| Andrew Mangravite| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : It is Finished
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♥ Book Title : Discovering Country Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "Chronicles the evolution of country music in America, providing an account of the reasoning and motives that have determined its path"Article| Don Cusic| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : But for Birmingham
☯ Full Synopsis : "Historian Glenn Eskew describes the changing face of Birmingham's civil rights campaign, from the politics of accommodation practiced by the city's black bourgeoisie in the 1950s to local pastor Fred L. Shuttlesworth's groundbreaking use of nonviolent direct action to challenge segregation during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Maps, notes, bibliography, index. 25 illustrations."Article| Glenn T. Eskew| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Danes
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♥ Book Title : Mama Learned Us to Work
☯ Full Synopsis : "Farm women of the twentieth-century South have been portrayed as oppressed, worn out, and isolated. Lu Ann Jones tells quite a different story in Mama Learned Us to Work. Building upon evocative oral histories, she encourages us to understand these women as consumers, producers, and agents of economic and cultural change. As consumers, farm women bargained with peddlers at their backdoors. A key business for many farm women was the "butter and egg trade--small-scale dairying and raising chickens. Their earnings provided a crucial margin of economic safety for many families during the 1920s and 1930s and offered women some independence from their men folks. These innovative women showed that poultry production paid off and laid the foundation for the agribusiness poultry industry that emerged after World War II. Jones also examines the relationships between farm women and home demonstration agents and the effect of government-sponsored rural reform. She discusses the professional culture that developed among white agents as they reconciled new and old ideas about women's roles and shows that black agents, despite prejudice, linked their clients to valuable government resources and gave new meanings to traditions of self-help, mutual aid, and racial uplift."Article| Lu Ann Jones| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Iron and Steel
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this study of iron and steel workers in Birmingham, Alabama, in the years 1875-1920, McKiven examines the complex connections between race relations and class struggle that shaped the city's social and economic order. In particular, he traces the links between the process of class formation, on the one hand, and the practice of community building and neighborhood politics, on the other."Article| Henry M. McKiven| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Horns
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Horn family is a poor family, but proud of their heritage; descending from some of the early settlers who helped carve out homes in the dense forest of the Big Thicket area of East Texas. The Horns live a very primitive lifestyle, which is hard, but good. Lonnie and Martha Horn are not educated people by most standards; however, they are self-educated far beyond their formal education. This proves to be an enigma to the people in the nearby town of Pine Hill. Their six children are smart and industrious. Martha and Lonnie give each child responsibilities at a very early age and require them to accept and execute those responsibilities in an adult manner. This invokes the wrath of many in the town of Pine Hill and the Foggy Bottom community where they live. Rex Horn, their oldest child has finished high school and is leaving home to attend college. Beth and Mark assume his responsibilities. Rex continues his long range courtship with Mary Ann Anderson who is now a student at Rice University. Rex is at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas 160 miles away. . Since WWII has ended, progress is rapidly encroaching on the Foggy Bottom community. Modern civilization is about to come to that area. Lonnie and Martha are encouraging each of their children to plan toward a college education and they are struggling to position them financially to make that possible. This is very difficult on a poor dirt farm and requires all of the family’s effort."Article| Dale McMillan| Statement ..."