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Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas (Focus on American History Series)

Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas (Focus on American History Series)

By: Patsy Cravens (author), Bob Patten (contributor), John B. Boles (foreword_author)Hardback

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First settled by Stephen F. Austin's colonists in the early nineteenth century, Colorado County has deep roots in Texas history. Mainly rural and agrarian until late in the twentieth century, Colorado County was a cotton-growing region whose population was about evenly divided between blacks and whites. These life-long neighbors led separate and unequal lives, memories of which still linger today. To preserve those memories, Patsy Cravens began interviewing and photographing the older residents of Colorado County in the 1980s. In this book, she presents photographs and recollections of the last generation, black and white, who grew up in the era of Jim Crow segregation. The folks in Colorado County have engrossing stories to tell. They recall grinding poverty and rollicking fun in the Great Depression, losing crops and livestock to floods, working for the WPA, romances gone wrong and love gone right, dirty dancing, church and faith, sharecropping, quilting, raising children, racism and bigotry, and even the horrific lynching of two African American teenagers in 1935. The Colorado County residents' stories reveal an amazing resiliency and generosity of spirit, despite the hardships that have filled most of their lives. They also capture a rural way of life that was once common across the South, but is now gone forever.

About Author

Patsy Cravens is a photographer, artist, writer, and video producer in Houston. Some of her photographs been displayed in the traveling exhibition, "Colorado County Memories: Everyone Has a Story to Tell." She also wrote and produced an award-winning oral history documentary called Coming Through Hard Times, which was based in Colorado County and has appeared on PBS.


Foreword by John B. BolesAcknowledgmentsIntroductionThe StoriesEthel and Hattie Lee WilsonIvory "Pie" Steward"Kasper's Meat Market, Since 1917"Jack FieldsGeorge BrazielEva Mae GloverBennie Charles "B.C." GloverMyrtle Glover ToliverLeroy GloverIda Mae MitchellCharles Trefny Jr.Emma and Charles Trefny Sr.Charles Trefny Talks about the RiverRosie Lee HastyHosie "Sonny" HastyOdie D. TownsendLillie and Richard FreisElizabeth "Lillie" Lemons AtkinsonJaynice and Jodie FeyrerRosezena WoodsonRomona Woodson CheeksCassie Woodson McGrewMary HausnerLillie WilliamsMarie WilliamsG.A. "Big Boy" WilliamsWalter WilliamsLee Andrew WilliamsLillie Williams Barnes and Wilbert BarnesOliver "Junior" WilliamsLisa WilliamsAlex Williams, Tycie Williams, and Tennille AlmeidaQuentin SteitzTruman McMahanLonzo DornBeulah DornLaVon Simpson and Mary Ann NicholsonWillie BeyerWillie WalcharBud GreakIsabel M. GarciaMamie JohnsonClarence JohnsonDorothy LainLeora and Lewis "Bug" HenryRuby HicksJim KearneyPaulina van Bavel KearneySarah Elaine KearneyLacey HenryPearl Ray BrembyBessie Mae WilliamsIrizola WilsonEarly WilsonSadie and George DornLillie Kahlden FreisLonnie ColemanRoy Lee ColemanWillie Mae DenleyW.B. "Bennie" IsgrigErnest BrownEmma StancikLillie PoenitzschJoAnn VornsandH.C. TaylorAndrew Jackson GillespieJim CarterJosephine CarterHarvey and Ruth StewardMary Mann and Rev. Melvin Jack WilliamsSelma and Walter "Jack" Johnson Jr.Juan YbarboStella TaylorTracy Vlasta KollerFather Victor SchmidtzinskyMelvin HoustonHeine and Earlyne BekenThe Pesak BrothersOlga Mae HefnerEm HayHerbert BainesLeila JacksonMedie Mae ScottHenry GraysJoe and Nicolasa RamirezRoseLee and Frankie NeiserHenry Lee WilliamsGabriel AlmeidaJohn WebbAfterword by Bob Patten

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780292713055
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 327
  • ID: 9780292713055
  • weight: 1261
  • ISBN10: 0292713053

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