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Red Hills and Cotton: An Upcountry Memory (Southern Classics Series) Paperback – December 12, 1983

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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (December 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872493067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872493063
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An English professor I had in college once berated me at a poker game for recommending this book. He had never heard of it. I gave him a copy. I can only imagine the sardonic moment in which he finally picked it up. He loved it. The book was given to me by a Capitol Hill policeman from North Carolina. This is the sort of book that will help Yankee's (like me)to understand the Old South; a truly liberal and enlightened view. This is one of those books, whose author was struck down early in life, that makes you wonder what might have come from his pen had he lived. These are memoirs, memoirs of the old folks that made up the backbone of the South after the Civil War up to the Great Depression, real, living people whom, thorough these pages, become a delight to get acquainted with.
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My first contact with "Red Hills and Cotton" was in 1973; I was 4 years old, and my mother had been given the book as a birthday present by my aunt. When I was old enough, I read the book for myself. Ben Robertson is buried in my hometown, and I recognized much of the geography of which he writes. I also recognize much of the human spirit about which he writes - the spirit of the Southern small farmer.
Although many of the circumstances of the South have changed since this writing (in the early 1940s), the nature of the people has not changed to a great extent. We may not work the fields each day, but our love of God, family, homeland, adventure, loyalty -- all these things remain close to our hearts and lives. Ben Robertson would still have reason to be proud. Would that he had lived longer and written more!
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This is one of my all time favorites. Being raised on a cotton farm in Texas in the depression, I can relate to it entirely. It showed me the close relationship of all southern people and the common heritage even though our farms were a 1,000 miles apart. Many of Ben's relatives were just like mine. And cotton was King. It was the main topic of conversation all year.
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From a member of the next generation with recollections and experiences of a similar nature, I can assure you that this book gives a highly accurate account of what it was like growing up in the rural South. The next best book of this nature, and one similar to it is "Run With the Horsemen", by Ferol Sams. Although "Run With the Horsemen" is classed as a novel, it accurately portrays life in the rural South during the Great Depression. Please don't miss reading either of these great books concerning events that occured at a special time and in a very special place.
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Red Hills and Cotton is the truth as I know it. Although I did not like the use of profanity I would suggest anyone having the desire to know South Carolinians should read what Ben Robertson has to say. It is true to the bone.
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I have heard about this book all of my life but did not think that anyone had additional copies. It is a wonderful book and should be read by anyone who grew up in the South and others as well!
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Ben Robertson had a gift for writing as evidenced by his wonderful and descriptive memoir. I first read Red HIlls and Cotton 40 years ago and purchased this paperback copy last week. I enjoyed every word about life in South Carolina from the post Civil War period up to the Pearl Harbor bombing. It was interesting to compare life in 2014 to the life in the first half of the 20th century...a lot has changed but some things have not. Today, I even drove to Pickens, SC and found the old homeplace of Ben Robertson's grandfather to be very well maintained and still in a beautiful setting even though our political and economic times have changed drastically. Very much like the subject matter of this book!

After reading this classic for the second time, I immediately started back at the beginning with a highlighter in hand to make note of a lot of interesting facts that I want to remember as our wonderful country continues to change over time. I recommend that you read it for yourself and make your own observations.
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Every southerner should read this book. I am 83 years old and I read it in 1942 in my 7th grade history class. It made an impact then but more now that I am the age I am
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