By Patsy Cravens,John Boles,Bob Patten
First settled by way of Stephen F. Austin's colonists within the early 19th century, Colorado County has deep roots in Texas historical past. typically rural and agrarian till past due within the 20th century, Colorado County was once a cotton-growing area whose inhabitants used to be approximately flippantly divided among blacks and whites. those life-long pals led separate and unequal lives, stories of which nonetheless linger at the present time. to maintain these thoughts, Patsy Cravens all started interviewing and photographing the older citizens of Colorado County within the Nineteen Eighties. during this publication, she offers images and reminiscences of the final new release, black and white, who grew up within the period of Jim Crow segregation.
The fogeys in Colorado County have engrossing tales to inform. They keep in mind grinding poverty and rollicking enjoyable within the nice melancholy, wasting plants and cattle to floods, operating for the WPA, romances long past unsuitable and love long gone correct, soiled dancing, church and religion, sharecropping, quilting, elevating kids, racism and bigotry, or even the awful lynching of 2 African American children in 1935. The Colorado County citizens' tales show an awesome resiliency and generosity of spirit, regardless of the hardships that experience crammed so much in their lives. in addition they catch a rural lifestyle that used to be universal around the South, yet is now long gone forever.
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Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas (Focus on American History) by Patsy Cravens,John Boles,Bob Patten