Carter's beautifully written book should serve as a reminder to us all how easy it is to take life's 21st Century comforts for granted and how soft and privileged the American middle class really is. In the first Election of a United States President that I remember, Jimmy Carter was the clear winner. The dominant relationship here is Carter and his father. Green scenery and hard work are good for us. Carter writes about the powerful rhythms of countryside and community in a sharecropping economy, offering an unforgettable portrait of his father, a brilliant farmer and a strict segregationist who treated black workers with respect and fairness; his strong-willed and well-read mother; and the five other people who shaped his early life, three of whom were black. In An Hour Before Daylight, Jimmy Carter, bestselling author of Living Faith and Sources of Strength, recreates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm before the civil rights movement forever changed it and the country.
This particular edition is in a Paperback format. His was a youth spent in a farming community during the period of the great depression of the 1930's and before civil rights legislation changed the social fabric of the nation. Obviously I chose this book because I was a Carter fan from the beginning. Check out the Carter Center online. However, this intimacy was possible only on the farm.
As a boy, young Jimmy played with others nearby who were close to his age, regardless of their race. After about three hours you'll cross the Flint River, the first stream that runs in a different direction, and eventually its often muddy waters empty into the Gulf of Mexico. I discussed it with relatives of mine who grew up on a farm in North Dakota and it was telling their story also. What a wonderful way to share our history with the family. He provides thought-provoking insight into the history and norms of the Southern community that affected his views on race, on poverty, on the law, and on faith. Born many years after Carter, he simply was not alive for most of the events depicted in this book.
This book makes an outstanding gift, if only to yourself! Can we somehow incorporate more chickens, ducks, cows, pheasants, peacocks, goats on land at the edge of the suburbs, can we have more farmettes, more land set aside to grow vegetables and flowers. It ambles along in the same tone as the tone of the times and place where he grew up. The most eloquent thing I can say about this book is that it made me feel good to hear the stories about farm life, the depression, and progress of our country through difficult times in our history. While Jimmy Carter grew up in rural Georgia during roughly the same time period, I thought it was very interesting to read about rural life in the 1930s and 1940s. Carter also discusses other inequities and difficulties with the federal bureaucracy as it incrementally intruded into private citizens' lives, but, again, non-judgmentally. He talks about growing up during the depression he was born in 1924 and how blacks influenced his life.
It meant outhouses, no electricity, and most interesting, the relationships he and his family had with the black help and farm workers. I grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books, and this is an adult version of southern farm life in the 20th century. Carter, the son of a southwest Georgia landowner, grew up amongst sharecroppers in the desperately poor depression years. I purchased this book used and was pleasantly surprised with the quality and as a bonus it was signed by President Carter. Dispatches in 4-5 business days Usually dispatches in 4-5 business days + Order ships directly from our supplier. He grew up during the Depression and reading about that time was amazing. He dedicates the memoir to his grandson or perhaps great grandson.
It written in a very readable style and presents a series of anecdotes from in and around the farm where he was raised. Carter remains more popular as an ex-president than he was during his term of office, and his experiences are just different enough from those of most readers that his memoir should have broad appeal. It provided insight and valuable understanding into the development of his ideals and lifelong commitment to community. Carter remains an particularly vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beyond that, only those wanting to reminisce about a culture slipping away or those who are serious students or fans of Carter will likely find the book to be of substantial interest.
See the seller's listing for full details. I had read good reviews on it and was hoping it would meet expectations. . There were differences in their status but the children enjoyed life and worked together as well as played together. Carter's clean and eloquent prose evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple and the rules were heartbreaking and complex.
His closest friend and most influential adults were black people. I have just completed listening to this book during my morning walks. Initially, we had no electricity, no telephone, and no indoor plumbing. Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. He does write a lot about racial segregation and the ways that people skirted around it to continue their lives. This is easily in the top 5 books I've read in 2011. Not only does Carter describe the general social customs that maintained segregation between the races, even as their lives overlapped due to geographic proximity and simple economics; he also describes this personally.
The book is most interesting for Georgians, Farmers, and Southerners and also in that order. The Carters owned several working farms that were tilled by sharecroppers. I'm not one for reading biographies but found the book in library on a cruise ship. President Carter writes as if he is talking to you. This style made the book more like a collection of simple vignettes about a boy on a farm, except the reader remains thinking about the deeper meaning after reading. He picked cotton, slaughtered hogs, milked cows, plowed fields, ate possum.