The Legacy of Tamar: Courage, Faith, and the Common Road of Hope in a West Tennessee Community (Paperback)Raye Springfield (author)
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Raye Springfield begins her family history in 1913, when Polk Taylor had a dream that foretold the deaths of five family members. After his death, Taylor's widow, Tamar, accepted the role of family matriarch. The Taylor and Springfield families were subsequently joined when Tamar's granddaughter, Opal, married Tonnie Springfield. The book then follows this family, among the few black landowners in the county, as they endeavored to maintain their farm and their bonds of kinship in the face of significant change-most notably the great northern migration. As the author shows in rich detail, the social upheavals in Haywood County brought on by the diminished interest in farming mirrored the national disruptions that occurred with the shift from a largely rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrial one.
The Legacy of Tamar spans two world wars, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights era, showing how the family retained their dreams for a better future in an area where every effort-both social and legal-was exercised to control the large African American population. For this family, strong religious faith and a fervent belief in the value of education helped sustain them through countless hardships. And ultimately, the dreams of Opal and Tonnie Springfield were realized through their grandchildren.
More than just the story of one family in one small place, The Legacy of Tamar reflects similar struggles by African American families throughout the South and the nation.
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Number of pages: 277
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition