Book: A Sharecropper Christmas by Carlene Havelcategories: Book, Poverty, 1930s America, Poor Farmers, Sharecroppers, Sharecropping, Great Depression
Carlene Havelabout this book: "A Sharecropper's Christmas" is my salute to the people who endured the difficult years of the Great Depression, working hard to survive and provide for their families. I have always admired their faith, courage, and perseverance.
This short novella is loosely based on stories I heard as a child, nestled in grandma's lap after dinner while one story teller after another spun yarns. My family was not wealthy before the Great Depression. Then the 1930s pushed them into desperate poverty. Christmastime was especially difficult for these folks who had nothing material to give their children. "I tell you now, Boats, back in 1933, times was hard," signaled the beginning of an adventure softened by subsequent years of prosperity. Great-uncle Boats got his nickname from the impressive size and shape of his shoes. Enormous feet are a family trait I had the misfortune to inherit, but that is another story for another day.
And in case you are wondering--yes, grandma's name was Alice.
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