Rural Southerners and the Community of Memory


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:
Rural Southerners and the Community of Memory

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This chapter examines the experiences of rural people in the American South as they relate to the rural transformation and discusses their community of shared memory. It analyses the stories of African American sharecropper Susie Weathersbee and white landowner Arthur Little from North Carolina. The findings suggest that rural southerners believed that particular elements of their lives made them different from those who did not live on the land, and their sense of shared identity remained remarkably consistent across generational and geographic lines. The result also indicate that they linked productivity with virtue and cooperation and a commitment to self-sufficiency, mutual aid, and a strong work ethic were central characteristics of their community of memory.

Keywords: rural people; American South; rural transformation; shared memory; shared identity; self-sufficiency; mutual aid; work ethic; Susie Weathersbee; Arthur Little

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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