My Remembers

A Black Sharecropper's Recollections of the Depression

By Eddie Stimpson Jr.

Foreword by Frances Wells

Introduction by James W. Byrd

Illustrated by Burnice Breckenridge

978-1-57441-067-9 Paperback
6 x 9. 167 pp. 18 illus.
Pub Date: 12/01/1998
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Austin Writers League Special Citation, 1996
In 1929, near Plano, Texas, Eddie Stimpson Jr., weighing 15-1/2 pounds, was born to a 19-year-old father and a 15-year-old mother. The boy, his two sisters and mother all “grew up together,” with the father sharecropping along the old Preston Road, the route used by many freedmen trying to escape Texas after the Civil War.

His childhood was void of luxuries, but full of country pleasures. The editors have retained the simplicity of Stimpson's folk speech and spelling patterns, allowing the good-natured humility and wisdom of his personality to shine through the narrative.

The details of ordinary family life and community survival include descriptions of cooking, farming, gambling, visiting, playing, doctoring, hunting, bootlegging, and picking cotton, as well as going to school, to church, to funerals, to weddings, to Juneteenth celebrations.

This book will be of extraordinary value to folklorists, historians, sociologists, and anyone enjoying a good story.

Published by University of North Texas Press