The Pecan Orchard: Journey of a Sharecropper's Daughter

The Pecan Orchard: Journey of a Sharecropper's Daughter

By: Peggy Vonsherie Allen (author)Hardback

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This is a true story of the struggle, survival, and ultimate success of a large black family in south Alabama who, in the middle decades of the 20th century, lifted themselves out of poverty to achieve the American dream of property ownership. Descended from slaves and sharecroppers in the Black Belt region, this family of hard-working parents and their thirteen children is mentored by its matriarch, Moa, the author's great grandmother, who passes on to the family, along with other cultural wealth, her recipe for moonshine. Without rancor or blame, and even with occasional humor, ""The Pecan Orchard"" offers a window into the inequities between blacks and whites in a small southern town still emerging from Jim Crow attitudes. Told in straightforward prose, the story radiates the suffocating midday heat of summertime cotton fields and the biting winter wind sifting through porous shanty walls. It conveys the implicit shame in 'Colored Only' restrooms, drinking fountains, and eating areas; the satisfaction of a job well done recognized by others; the manners required of southern society; and the joyful moments, shared memories, and bonds that sustain a proud family.

About Author

Peggy Vonsherie Allen is Deputy Director of Traffic and Safety Engineering for DeKalb County, Georgia.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780817316723
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780817316723
  • ISBN10: 0817316728

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