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The Senator and the SharecropperThe Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer$
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Chris Myers Asch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872024

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878057_asch

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Prologue Sunflower County, 1994

Prologue Sunflower County, 1994

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(p.1) Prologue Sunflower County, 1994
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The Senator and the Sharecropper
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Chris Myers Asch

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807878057_asch.4

This chapter describes how Sunflower can be a beautiful place even in the heat of late summer. As a native of Washington, D.C., the author had never experienced rural life, and he found himself loving it—vast fields that stretched to the horizon, unhindered by buildings, trees, or elevation changes; the massive sky filled at night with stars he never knew existed; brilliant sunsets that set clouds aflame. He had left behind a world of frenetic busyness, mind-numbing traffic, and relentless hurry for a town without a stoplight or twenty-four-hour convenience store. The author could walk to work in six minutes, and everyone who passed by in a car or pickup waved or called hello. Running errands became a leisurely opportunity to talk with his students' parents and other folks at the post office or Mrs. Russell's grocery store.

Keywords:   Sunflower, Washington D.C.>, rural life, post office, grocery store

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