Cotton-patch Schoolhouse (Paperback)Susie Powers Tompkins (author)
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Cotton-Patch Schoolhouse is a memoir of the author's year as a young and inexperienced teacher in rural Marengo County, several miles from Linden, Alabama, in 1926. Seeking to earn money to continue college after her freshman year at AlabamaCollege in Montevallo, the author welcomed the opportunity to teach eight children at five different grade levels in a one-room schoolhouse in the middle of a cotton field. Youthful enthusiasm, native wit, and a sense of adventure helped her transform the simple schoolhouse into a place of learning and excitement.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
"Reading Cotton-Patch Schoolhouse took me back to my south Alabama childood--and made me wish I had been one of "Miss Susie's" pupils.
--Kathryn Tucker Windham
"A marvelous account of poverty and endurance during the late 1920s. Indeed it is the most compelling account I have read of a world now largely gone."
--Wayne Flynt, Auburn University
Most readers will simply enjoy reading this work because it tells a good story, and arouses a deep sense of nostalgia.... It tends to confirm a common belief--that there once existed a far better, more perfect world that the one we live in today; a world in which neighbors were always neighborly, students were eager to learn, and teachers were loved and appreciated by students and parents."
--Kenneth R. Johnson, University of North Alabama
"The book is charming and delightful."
--Harriet E. Smith-Somerville, The University of Alabama