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Without PrecedentThe Life of Susie Marshall Sharp$
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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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(p.7) Chapter 1 Family
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Susie Sharp's family. When Susie was born, her father was a thirty-year-old failure who had not yet reached bottom. James Merritt Sharp was the son of a Civil War veteran from New Bethel Township, North Carolina, a yeoman farmer known for his well-tended fields and orchards. A 1930 retrospective newspaper article described the Sharps as “members of a well-known Rockingham County family . . . good citizens, debt-abhorring and honest . . . the sort who dignify toil.” James grew up in a family that, like many others, existed outside the cash economy, needing money for little beyond sugar and coffee. The Sharps were not without broader horizons, however, for James's father was reputedly the only man in the community who subscribed to the Atlanta Constitution.

Keywords:   James Merritt Sharp, Civil War veteran, yeoman farmer, Rockingham County, cash economy, Atlanta Constitution

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