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“A Sharecropper’s Daughter” reviewed

By Dr. Charles Vermont, 04/26/21 10:06 AM

This is foremost a story of faith and family.It’s also a document of how sharecroppers lived in the 1930s and 40s and how they were able to rise through hard work,cohesive family life,supportive church and community.
Wells were dug by hand,stoves were wood or coal oil burning,people took the bus from Boughton to Prescott,bathed in Cold Run Creek,plumbing was outdoor,trucks line up on highway 67 waiting to take peaches north,access to medical care was basic and limited,sometimes people took care of their own the best they could,there were country doctors and the Cora Donnell Hospital,planting the garden meant food on the table,finding good water was premium,her first deer was a rarity in that they had been hunted out and were being restocked,tobacco,cotton,a pumpkin patch for sale,a first refrigerator,chores with a creative touch to get things done that we now take for granted.Then there was the language from religion integrated into life “I was when they said unto me,let us go into the house of the Lord” It was indeed,good to be in the cool,quiet house of God Lenora said.
It was a wonderful historical read. It’s worth a look to contrast how people lived then and how we live now. There is obvious societal progress and growth in prosperity. There is also a great contrast for many as to how important family and community were to basic survival. This is a glimpse of it and for our own sake it should be looked at.
Lenora McWilliams grew up to be a nurse for many years.The book can be purchased on Amazon and also from its author.