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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

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

Chris Myers Asch

University of North Carolina Press

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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