THE SEVENTEENTH CHILD by Dorothy Marie & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne Rice


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Collaborating with her daughter, Payne reminisces about growing up in a large family of Virginia sharecroppers during the Great Depression--or, as she calls them, ""Hoover Times."" She remembers what a child would remember: wrapping hair with saved pieces of string; tucking her dress into her panties to keep it clean before sliding down a hill; believing that babies came from tree stumps; suspecting that a neighbor who wore a wig was a witch because she could take her hair off; never questioning segregation in general, but resentful that white children rode a bus to school. Her theme is making the best of things in hard times; her anecdotal memories of childhood are happier on the whole than those in Leon Walter Tillage's intense memoir, Leon's Story (1997). Illustrated with a family tree and over a dozen black-and-white photographs.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1998
Page count: 100pp
Publisher: Linnet/Shoe String