In a unique way, Americans continue to be captivated by the way of life that existed in the rural South during the eras surrounding the Great Depression and World War II. As a manuscript, East of Posey records the “spoken memoirs” of Harlan A. Vaught and his early life in the rural South during this transformative period of time. Specifically, it is a collection of over 250 short narratives in which Vaught recounts a broad range of experiences and perspectives primarily within the context of one rural Southern community. (For additional benefit, the work also includes his eyewitness accounts of combat in the European Theatre during World War II.) Within the collection, Vaught’s narratives capture vivid images and representations of what life was like in the rural South during this era. Ultimately, his personal accounts add a valuable page to the historical and cultural record of the American South.
“I’ve seen Daddy when I’s a little ole boy and I’d feel so sorry for him---just a little bitty tot. He’s sawin’ with a crosscut saw for a dollar a day---and them mosquita’s and deer flies and stuff would just eat him up---and he was a little man. Daddy’d come in and he’d pour the sweat out of them ole shoes. I just---you know, I just couldn’ hardly stand to see my daddy have to work that hard.” – Harlan A. Vaught
K. D. Vaught was raised on a rice and soybean farm in the Mississippi River Delta. He and his wife, Samantha, have been married for over twenty years. During their marriage, they have lived in the American South and Europe. Currently, their home is located in the Ozark Mountains.
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Just getting started, but already thoroughly enjoying this read. It reminds me so much of the stories my mother has relayed to me about her Father and his life.