Children of Crisis: Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers

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Since the late 1950's, Robert Coles has been studying, living with, and, above all, listening to the American poor. The result is one of the most vigorous and searching social studies ever undertaken by one man in the United States. Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers is the second volume in Dr. Coles's award-winning series, Children of Crisis. In it, he listens to three groups: the migrant workers who travel the eastern coast of this country, picking crops day after day; the sharecroppers and tenant farmers ...

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Overview

Since the late 1950's, Robert Coles has been studying, living with, and, above all, listening to the American poor. The result is one of the most vigorous and searching social studies ever undertaken by one man in the United States. Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers is the second volume in Dr. Coles's award-winning series, Children of Crisis. In it, he listens to three groups: the migrant workers who travel the eastern coast of this country, picking crops day after day; the sharecroppers and tenant farmers who live on isolated southern plantations, just as their ancestors did as slaves; and the mountaineers of Appalachia, whose only choice lies between coal mining and starvation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316151764
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/19/1996
  • Series: Children of Crisis Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 653
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
1 The Setting 1
I. The Land 3
II. The Method 25
2 The Children 45
III. Uprooted Children 47
IV. Stranded Children 117
V. Hidden Children 193
3 The World 273
VI. The World of the Hollows 275
1. The Miners Need Their Bosses 276
2. No One Should Be Bossed Around 285
3. Owning Them 297
4. Like My Teacher 305
5. God Cannot Be Questioned 316
6. The People Are Weak, Weak and Run-Down 325
7. They Near Die Down There, but They Try to Live 334
8. Hugh McCaslin 340
VII. The World of the Black Belt 359
1. The Bossman 359
2. The Foreman 372
3. The Teacher 382
4. The Sheriff 394
5. The Preacher 400
6. The Yeoman Neighbor 409
VIII. The World of the Wanderers 422
1. Their Father, Their Mother, Their Everything 422
2. The Growers 439
3. Guarding the Animals and Children 457
4. Selling Gas to the Children 464
5. Teaching the Wanderers 467
6. Saving Their Souls, Their Damned Souls 473
4 The Rural Life 479
IX. The Rural Mind 481
1. Whose Strengths, Whose Weaknesses 481
2. A Proud and Fierce Spirit 493
3. The Mind of Christ in Their Heads 510
X. Rural Youth 517
1. Winston 517
2. Myrna 520
3. Ronald 523
XI. Rural Upheaval 550
XII. Rural Religion 578
References 619
Index 639
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