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This is the story of one man's struggle to survive the abject poverty of his youth and rise above the brutal rejection that greeted him at a tender age. The second of four children born to parents with little formal schooling on a tenant farm in Southwest Georgia, Karl E. Peace tells the story of his life that began in the farm fields of Baker County.

In the early chapters he recounts the conditions of his childhood in a sharecropping family that was dominated by a father that ...

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Overview

This is the story of one man's struggle to survive the abject poverty of his youth and rise above the brutal rejection that greeted him at a tender age. The second of four children born to parents with little formal schooling on a tenant farm in Southwest Georgia, Karl E. Peace tells the story of his life that began in the farm fields of Baker County.

In the early chapters he recounts the conditions of his childhood in a sharecropping family that was dominated by a father that showed no capacity for love. Beaten and humiliated at an age when children should only find safety in their father's arms, he developed an early resolve to determine his own future and help provide for his family. In stark contrast to his father's cruelty and denial of paternity, he found unconditional love and support from a mother that inspired him to rise above adversity.

Despite the hopelessness that engulfed his family's early existence, Karl Peace manages to provide a nostalgic view of their lives on a succession of tenant farms. Paid in Full offers humorous glimpses of simple people and how they survived during nearly three decades that preceded the end of Georgia's sharecropping system. He gives a moving account of his mother's courageous battle with breast cancer, and he delicately details the emergence of hope that came after he took his mother and siblings from Baker County to a new and better life in Statesboro, Georgia.

Backed by the confidence placed in him by two influential high school educators, Peace parlayed a small loan and a scholarship award into the foundation for a distinguished education that culminated with a doctorate in Biostatistics. After several years teaching in colleges and universities, he made the transition from classroom to research and development arenas of the pharmaceutical industry. Sheer determination led him to the highest levels of his profession, and a yearning for greater accomplishments and contributions brought him back to Statesboro, the town where he became the first in his family to earn a college degree.

His devotion to his wife during her gallant but losing fight with breast cancer is a testament to love and honor. The college of public health that he endowed in her memory at Georgia Southern University is a lasting legacy to that love. Personal as his story is, Peace has revealed a part of himself that should inspire both the poorest and the riches to discover ways that they can help uplift the lives of others.

He is without fear in revealing his most personal memories. Some of his recollections will bring laughter, some will provide inspiration, and others might evoke tears. Paid in Full is the story of a child longing for acceptance and a teenager that became a man long before his years confirmed it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780615194790
  • Publisher: Plowboy Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Edition description: PLOWBOY PRESS
  • Pages: 435
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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