Three Southern Farmers Tell Their Stories


in Southern Farmers and Their Stories

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124094
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134789 | DOI:
Three Southern Farmers Tell Their Stories

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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

Chapter.  16551 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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