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On the Land of My Father

A Farm Upbringing in Segregated Mississippi

On the Land of My Father by Bevelyn Charlene Exposé
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This book evokes a time and place that no longer exists but which is central to the American experience, a past to be remembered. This simple and direct narrative of family values and connections to the land is full of description. The main message is of how land ownership bonded a Negro family to its white neighbors in segregated southern Mississippi in the 1940s, black kids playing with white kids next door. The author's father (in 1918-1919) and brothers (1940s) served in segregated armed forces to protect their country, and returned home to a segregated society. Working the land was not all pain and hostility; an appreciation of the land and what it meant gave its workers identity, pride, and a feeling of competence. Education provided independence and freedom, and religion was the glue that held the family together.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; January 2014
211 pages; ISBN 9781476613529
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Title: On the Land of My Father
Author: Bevelyn Charlene Exposé