Page From a Tennessee Journal 5*/5*

Page from a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard was one of the best books I have read lately. At first I was thinking I was not going to like it. It is about African-American sharecroppers in 1915 (or so) cotton farms of TN. The life was more or less worse than slavery. The sharecroppers were subjected to grueling conditions and environments. The families were abused by the white property owners at will. It was sad, but the author showed both sides of the equation and how the characters thought and felt.

Although the whole story was about a dysfunctional situation, the motives and histories were so clearly explained, you could almost understand how the culture evolved to that point.

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