The growing season

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Jan Cox Speas (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Randall Jarrell

Abstract: The Growing Season is the story of a place, the people who lived there, and the things that happened to them during a certain week in August. As a writer, I have always been interested in that large segment of our Southern population which is neither decadent nor decaying but very much alive and growing. It has been said that all towns in the Southern piedmont could once be divided (usually by the railroad tracks) into two sections: on one side the tree-shaded big houses where the aristocrats and the 'shabby genteel' lived, and on the other the forlorn shacks belonging to the 'poor white' mill workers and the Negroes. This picture has been changing, except for the Negro percentage of society, for the past thirty years, and like other parts of the country we now have a large and expanding group of people belonging somewhere between the two extremes of the social order. These people know little about the aristocrats, care nothing for the shabby genteel, and are too confident in their improved financial status to worry about dropping back into the class of poor whites.

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Language: English
Date: 1964

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