Country Women Cope with Hard Times: A Collection of Oral Histories - Women's Diaries and Letters of the South (Paperback)Melissa Walker (editor)
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Through her edited interviews with these women, Melissa Walker provides firsthand descriptions of the influence of modernization on ordinary people struggling through the agricultural depression of the 1920s and 1930s and its aftermath. Their oral histories make plain the challenges such women faced and the self-sacrificing ways they found to confront hardship. While the women detail the difficulties of their existence--the drought years, early freezes, low crop prices, and tenant farming--they also recall the good times and the neighborly assistance of well-developed mutual aid networks, of which women were the primary participants.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier|This book chronicles a history that has until now often been confined to the oral traditions of family life, passed from grandmother to child, escaping the notice of outsiders.
Women's Review of Books|This book is a goldmine of information about country women who have left few or no written records, and were otherwise socially marginalized, and it stands as a permanent record of a past way of life.
Rural History|In vivid, compelling accounts, women tell how they cared for their families, sought educational opportunities for their children, celebrated holidays and assisted neighbors through mutual aid networks. . . . A wonderful collection for historians and scholars interested in what southern rural women have to say about their lives in the early twentieth century.
Labor History|Through rare glimpses into the interior lives of country women, the book reminds readers that women were experiencing monumental historical developments alongside equally monumental personal challenges.
North Carolina Historical Review
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