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Carter describes--in glorious, if sometimes gory, detail--growing up on a farm where everything was done by either hand or mule: plowing fields, "mopping" cotton to kill pests, cutting sugar cane, shaking peanuts, or processing pork. He also describes the joys of walking barefoot ("this habit alone helped to create a sense of intimacy with the earth"), taking naps with his father on the porch after lunch, and hunting with slingshots and boomerangs with his playmates--all of whom were black. Carter was in constant contact with his black neighbors; he worked alongside them, ate in their homes, and often spent the night in the home of Rachel and Jack Clark, "on a pallet on the floor stuffed with corn shucks," when his parents were away. However, this intimacy was possible only on the farm. When young Jimmy and his best friend, A.D. Davis, went to town to see a movie, they waited for the train together, paid their 15 cents, and then separated into "white" and "colored" compartments. Once in Americus, they walked to the theater together, but separated again, with Jimmy buying a seat on the main floor or first balcony at the front door, and A.D. going around to the back door to buy his seat up in the upper balcony. After the movie, they returned home on another segregated train. "I don't remember ever questioning the mandatory racial separation, which we accepted like breathing or waking up in Archery every morning."
In this warm, almost sepia-toned narrative, Carter describes his relationships with his parents and with the five people--only two of whom were white--who most affected his early life. Best of all, however, Carter presents his sweetly nostalgic recollections of a lost America. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Book is well written, informative & easy to read.
The stories that Jimmy Carter tells of his childhood are similar to my mother's stories, so this book touched a tender spot in my heart.
Jimmy Carter does a nice job of describing in great detail his life growing up in rural Georgia during the Depression.
A personal look at the boyhood years of President Carter that also depicts everyday life in the deep south in the 20th century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Martineau
A good book, witness of an era long gone now.
Some insides and frankness on Jimny Carter up-raising and his sharp observations on many topics make this book very... Read more
As I read "An Hour Before Daylight", I felt like I was a witness into rural America at the beginning of the 20th Century. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JMack
Jimmy Carter is on my list of favorite authors and didn't disappoint me with this book. His descriptive wording of his life as a child in the south during the depression years is,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nancy Cee
I thought I would like it. I didn't. It is just a rambling tale about a mostly pre-teen and what he did from day to day. Boring.Published 8 months ago by Ward W. Miller
What a beautiful story of President Jimmy Carter's early life and growing up in the South. Told with grace, honor, humor and honesty. I absolutely loved it!Published 8 months ago by Gracious
Fascinating look into that time and place in U.S. history,as well as an interesting coming of age story.Published 9 months ago by phyllis mejica