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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: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of Ben's relatives were just like mine.
Doncburt
I enjoyed every word about life in South Carolina from the post Civil War period up to the Pearl Harbor bombing.
Bob Sounder
It definitely had its moments and is worth your read.
Olivia George

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By kent@cia-g.com on February 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Annette McClellan on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doncburt on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Price on December 30, 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia M. Bowie on November 9, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivia George on May 28, 2013
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I bought this book because I am from and love the south. I am only 19 so perhaps older audiences will enjoy it slightly more. I simply found it to be a touch boring, but by no means disliked it. It definitely had its moments and is worth your read. Enjoy!
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