Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library


Growing up Country (2017)

ISBN: 978-1478791652

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Leslie J. Pollard Sr., Ph.d

In every rural community, the country store is the focal point - a social outlet, a gathering place, a reliable provider. Matt Nelms, the patriarch of the Nelms family, owned a legendary store. "Growing up Country" is a collection of stories about his family from about 1890 to 1960. You'll meet the light-skinned Matt, whose color made him the subject of mistaken identity; firebrand Hattie, whose pride put her family in danger; intellectual Listervelt, who chased a forbidden love; brave Elizabeth, who defied convention to follow her own path of faith. You'll meet the Whites who came to Matt's store from Tisdell, as well as neighbors both black and white whose colorful stories bring rural Georgia to life. From trash-talking check champions to flawed preachers, from obedient sons and daughters to groundbreaking rebels, from the horrors of Jim Crow to the very beginnings of Civil Rights, this splendid book immerses you in the sights, sounds, laughter, and tears of the authentic Southern experience.